Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/90709
Authors: 
Neufeld, Nora
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
WTO Staff Working Paper ERSD-2014-01
Abstract: 
The paper first surveys the Trade Facilitation landscape at the regional level and analyses the main forces shaping it. It identifies key factors driving regional Facilitation approaches, examining their priorities, features and underlying philosophies. The study also highlights significant trends in regional Trade Facilitation provisions and analyses their implications. The paper then compares regional and multilateral initiatives, looking at areas of convergence and divergence, and highlighting where potential gaps exist. It analyses negotiating positions in the respective frameworks and discusses both the benefits and limitations of the resulting Trade Facilitation provisions. Examining the impact of the recently concluded WTO Agreement, the study highlights its potential value added.
Subjects: 
regional trade agreements
trade facilitation
WTO Agreement on Trade Facilitation
JEL: 
F13
F15
F53
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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