Preference Utilization and Tariff Reduction in European Union Imports from African, Caribbean, and Pacific Countries

34 Pages Posted: 23 Aug 2005

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Miriam Manchin

University College London; Centro Studi Luca d'Agliano

Date Written: August 2005

Abstract

Despite the long relationship between the European Union and the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries aimed at encouraging their exports while stimulating growth and investment, the ACP states still face difficulties in integrating into the world economy. This paper examines the non-least developed ACP countries' preferential trade with the EU. The objective is to explain the determinants of preferential exports of ACP countries towards the EU and to assess the impact of preferences on trade volumes. We also investigate the existence of a threshold in the offered duty reduction under which traders have no incentives to ask for preferences.

Keywords: Preferential trade agreements; preference utilization; African, Caribbean and Pacific

JEL Classification: F13, F14, O19

Suggested Citation

Manchin, Miriam, Preference Utilization and Tariff Reduction in European Union Imports from African, Caribbean, and Pacific Countries (August 2005). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 3688. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=786628

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