Non-Tariff Barriers to Trade in the Pacific Rim

9 Pages Posted: 11 Mar 2004

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Stephen Ching

School of Economics and Finance, The University of Hong Kong

Clement Yuk-Pang Wong

City University of Hong Kong (CityU) - Department of Economics & Finance

Anming Zhang

University of British Columbia (UBC) - Sauder School of Business

Abstract

This paper reports the findings of a survey of non-tariff trade barriers (NTBs) that firms in the Pacific Rim region frequently encounter. NTBs are categorized into restrictions on market access, restrictions on personnel movement and transparency of regulatory information. We find that NTBs seem particularly prominent for the region, given the diverse character of the economies there. Many NTBs are implicit in the sense that they restrict trade by cumbersome administrative procedures and by various problems arising from interpreting or implementing government regulations. We further find that NTBs have a significant impact on firms' production costs, revenue and expansion plans.

Suggested Citation

Ching, Stephen and Wong, Clement Yuk-Pang and Zhang, Anming, Non-Tariff Barriers to Trade in the Pacific Rim. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=513837

Stephen Ching

School of Economics and Finance, The University of Hong Kong ( email )

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Clement Yuk-Pang Wong (Contact Author)

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Anming Zhang

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