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.




Given the potential benefits of reducing red tape in making participation in international trade more inclusive, the Asia-Pacific Research and Training Network on Trade (ARTNeT) Multi-stakeholder Steering Committee endorsed the launch of a new regional study titled “Improving Import-Export Processes and Procedures in Asia” in 2009. A research team was assembled spanning South, South-East and East Asia, and was tasked to analyze the processes involved in importing and exporting specific products of strategic importance to developing countries of the region, in order to identify bottlenecks and areas for improvement at the national, bilateral and regional levels.


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