Making Regional Integration Work

Company Perspectives on Non-Tariff Measures in Arab States

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Intraregional trade among Arab States is low compared to other regions. This publication offers insights into the main challenges to trade, within and beyond the region, and suggests how to address them. It shares the perspectives of exporters and importers obtained through surveys. The surveys are part of an ITC series of developing-country projects on non-tariff measures (NTMs). This is the first such publication to examine country surveys in a regional context focusing on bottlenecks arising from NTMs, including government-imposed strict regulations; procedures that make compliance difficult, and inefficiencies in the trade-related business environment. The findings show that many trade impediments originate in the region and the obstacles could be solved by tackling procedural bottlenecks, by facilitating trade rather than changing the underlying trade rules.



Conclusions and recommendations

The data from the ITC NTM Surveys of exporters and importers in Egypt, Morocco, the State of Palestine and Tunisia show that private-sector concerns about NTMs are manifold and not limited to the strictness of the regulations themselves.


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