Non-tariff measures and trade among Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership participating countries

Crawford School of Public Policy
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Event details

PhD Seminar (Econ)

Date & time

Friday 16 April 2021


Weston Theatre , Crawford School of Public Policy, No 132, Lennox Crossing, The ANU


Amphaphone Sayasenh

Implementation of bilateral, regional and multilateral trade agreements has brought down tariffs significantly among RCEP countries. While tariffs have been reduced, comprehensive NTMs data collection by UNCTAD found that a large number of NTMs (24,757) are currently imposed by RCEP members. Unlike tariff, non-tariff measures are more complicated to understand and often being imposed by non-trade officers without considering trade-implication of such measures. To achieve broader and deeper economic integration, especially on trade in goods, among RCEP participating countries, issues of non-tariff measures need to be better understood by policy makers and brought to negotiation table. This thesis, therefore, aims to 1) provide a good picture of non-tariff measures in RCEP participating countries, 2) quantify impact of non-tariff measures on regional trade among them, and 3) seek to identify options in streamlining non-tariff measures to support economic integration of the RCEP.

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