Trade Facilitation in Asia and the Pacific

An Analysis of Import and Export Processes

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This book offers a synthesis of the results and implications from a series of business process analyses of procedures involved in importing and exporting goods to and from selected Asian countries. It aims at deepening the understanding of the nature and significance of the procedural bottlenecks associated with intra-regional trade. It provides a unique set of micro-level information on the time and cost of trade procedures, complementing the more macro-level and cross-country trade facilitation indicators already available in the literature. It will be of interest to those in charge of analyzing or improving trade transaction efficiency in developing countries.



An analysis of import-export procedures and processes in China

Recent studies suggest that customs and administrative procedures and practices have substantial effects on trade flows between countries. If these procedures and practices are inefficient and slow, they can act as significant barriers to international trade. It is not surprising that these have become the focus of attention, now that tariff and other quantitative barriers have and continue to be reduced. Since becoming a fully-fledged member of the WTO, China has made significant progress in the trade liberalization process. Recognizing trade facilitation as an important effort to spur further trade, China has made significant improvements in the procedures behind-theborder.


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