Harmonization of Rules of Origin: An Agenda for Plurilateral Cooperation?
26 Pages Posted: 29 Mar 2018
Date Written: March 30, 2018
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
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