Harmonization of Rules of Origin: An Agenda for Plurilateral Cooperation?

26 Pages Posted: 29 Mar 2018

See all articles by Bernard Hoekman

Bernard Hoekman

Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies; European University Institute - Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Stefano Inama

United Nations - Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

Date Written: March 30, 2018

Abstract

This article discusses the deadlock in the WTO on multilateral harmonization of non-preferential rules of origin (RoO) and reviews some of the RoO included in recent preferential trade agreements. We argue that there is a trend towards adoption of similar approaches and that this suggests that cooperation to reduce the trade-impeding effects of differences in RoO across jurisdictions is more feasible than often is assumed by observers and policymakers. From a trade facilitation perspective such cooperation could be based on plurilateral initiatives under the umbrella of the WTO. These could include a focus on pursuit of greater convergence between preferential and nonpreferential RoO helping to achieve the long-standing goal of moving towards harmonization of rules of origin.

Keywords: Rules of Origin, WTO, Trade Agreements, Plurilateral Cooperation, Regulation

JEL Classification: F13, F15, F53

Suggested Citation

Hoekman, Bernard and Inama, Stefano, Harmonization of Rules of Origin: An Agenda for Plurilateral Cooperation? (March 30, 2018). East Asian Economic Review Vol. 22, No. 1 (March 2018) 3-28, DOI: 10.11644/KIEP.EAER.2018.22.1.336, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3151371 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3151371

Bernard Hoekman (Contact Author)

Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies ( email )

Fiesole, Tuscany
Italy

European University Institute - Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS) ( email )

Villa La Fonte, via delle Fontanelle 18
50016 San Domenico di Fiesole
Florence, Florence 50014
Italy

Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

London
United Kingdom

Stefano Inama

United Nations - Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) ( email )

Palais des Nations
Office E 8074
Geneva, 1211
Switzerland

Do you have a job opening that you would like to promote on SSRN?

Paper statistics

Downloads
129
Abstract Views
739
rank
256,195
PlumX Metrics