Whither Latin America? Scoping Export Potentials and Trade Barriers in the Malaysia-Chile Partnership

27 Pages Posted: 1 Sep 2014

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Evelyn Shyamala Devadason

University of Malaya (UM)

Vgr Govindaraju

University of Malaya (UM) - Department of Development Studies

Shujaat Mubarik

IoBM, Karachi; University of Malaya (UM), Faculty of Economics & Administration (FEA); Mohammad Ali Jinnah University

Date Written: August 31, 2014

Abstract

This study seeks to compare bilateral export potential estimates in the Malaysia-Chile partnership within the context of the emerging region of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) and identify barriers to trade, to provide insights into bilateral market access for exporters. Clearly, the empirical findings suggest overtrading in the major exporting sectors from both sides, since the export basket is also concentrated both ways in the Malaysia-Chile trade. Through the interviews, fewer restrictions are reported by the various stakeholders, as the extent of trade engagement is still somewhat low. Instead, the challenges identified within specific sub-sectors from both sides relate mainly to procedures set to secure compliance. They mostly indicate adherence to labeling requirements for food products. More importantly, this study strongly recommends the direct involvement of the business community of Malaysia in cross-regional initiatives to identify opportunities for creating supply chains in Chile for specific sectors, namely in electronics, furniture and base metals.

Keywords: export potentials, non-tariff barriers, Malaysia, Chile

JEL Classification: F13, F14, O53, O54

Suggested Citation

Devadason, Evelyn Shyamala and Govindaraju, Vgr and Mubarik, Muhammad Shujaat, Whither Latin America? Scoping Export Potentials and Trade Barriers in the Malaysia-Chile Partnership (August 31, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2489580 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2489580

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Vgr Govindaraju

University of Malaya (UM) - Department of Development Studies ( email )

Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan 50603
Malaysia

Muhammad Shujaat Mubarik

IoBM, Karachi ( email )

Korangi Creek,
Karachi, Sindh 75190
Pakistan

University of Malaya (UM), Faculty of Economics & Administration (FEA) ( email )

University of Malaya
Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan 50603
Malaysia

Mohammad Ali Jinnah University ( email )

22E
Block 6 PECHS
Karachi, SC Sindh 75400
Pakistan

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