Trade Facilitation and Regional Integration. Jonathan Claridge Directorate-General for Trade European Commission UNCTAD Expert Meeting Geneva, 21-23 September 2005. Example of benefits of Trade Facilitation.
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Directorate-General for Trade
UNCTAD Expert Meeting
Geneva, 21-23 September 2005
Mozambique: During first two years of customs reform programme, revenues increased by over 50% despite significant tariff cuts.
Morocco: Releasing a container in Casablanca took on average 18-20 days in 1996. Following reforms, customs clearance fell to 1-2 hours. Equivalent to a massive expansion of port facilities, at a fraction of the cost.
National reforms can have very significant benefits
Regional reforms potentially have far bigger impact
E.g: Common rules across 25 EU Member States
Regional TF integration and WTO Rules no panacea
To maximise benefit, needs to be part of broader reforms, including broader regional integration
EU: Many programmes cover trade facilitation
Trade a key development priority
Trade facilitation and customs reform prioritised
Strong regional integration focus
EU Member States active
Ongoing efforts to enhance further