2014

Expanding and Diversifying South Mediterranean Exports through Trade Facilitation

Reprint No. 2014:53

Author(s): Yves Bourdet and Maria PerssonYear: 2014 Title: Development Policy Review Volume (No.): 32 (6) Pages: 675–699
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This article explores whether trade facilitation – i.e. improved and simplified trade procedures – could be an important part of the reform agenda of the Barcelona Process. Adopting a Southern perspective by focusing on exports to the European Union (EU) from non-EU Mediterranean countries, it tests whether the efficiency of trade procedures affects (i) bilateral volumes of exports and (ii) the number of products exported. The findings suggest that trade facilitation could lead to substantially increased export volumes and export diversification.


Reference:
Bourdet, Yves and Maria Persson (2014), "Expanding and Diversifying South Mediterranean Exports through Trade Facilitation". Development Policy Review 32(6), 675–699.

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