Provisions on Electronic Commerce in Regional Trade Agreements

WTO Working Paper ERSD-2017-11 (July 2017)

75 Pages Posted: 21 Jul 2017

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José-Antonio Monteiro

World Trade Organization (WTO) - Economic Research and Analysis Division

Robert Teh

World Trade Organization (WTO)

Date Written: June 2017

Abstract

This paper reviews the different types of provisions explicitly addressing electronic commerce (e-commerce) in regional trade agreements (RTAs). The analysis covers the 275 RTAs currently in force and notified to the WTO as of May 2017. The analysis shows that e-commerce provisions have become increasingly more detailed but remain highly heterogeneous. The most common types of e-commerce provisions refer to the promotion of e-commerce, cooperation activities and the moratorium on customs duties. Other e-commerce provisions concern the domestic legal framework as well as more specific issues, such as electronic authentication, consumer protection, personal information protection and paperless trading.

Keywords: Electronic commerce, E-commerce, Regional trade agreement, Free trade agreement, International trade

JEL Classification: F13, F53, K33

Suggested Citation

Monteiro, José-Antonio and Teh, Robert, Provisions on Electronic Commerce in Regional Trade Agreements (June 2017). WTO Working Paper ERSD-2017-11 (July 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3005148 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3005148

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Robert Teh

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Switzerland

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