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The Origin of Goods: Rules of Origin in Regional Trade Agreements

Olivier Cadot, Antoni Estevadeordal, Akiko Suwa-Eisenmann, and Thierry Verdier


Rules of Origin (RoO) are among the most important instruments in the negotiation and functioning of Regional Trade Agreements (RTAs), designed to determine the eligibility of goods for preferential treatment among RTA members. Ostensibly meant to prevent the trans-shipment of imported products across RTA borders after only superficial assembly, they may act as complex and opaque trade barriers in practice. This book suggests that RoO do this with intent rather than accidentally. In other words, RoO are truly trade policy instruments. The book’s overall message for the policy community is that ... More

Keywords: Rules of Origin, regional trade agreements, preferential trade agreements, trade, World Trade Organization, tariffs, GATT

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199290482
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2006 DOI:10.1093/0199290482.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Olivier Cadot, editor
University of Lausanne and CEPR
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Antoni Estevadeordal, editor
Inter-American Development Bank

Akiko Suwa-Eisenmann, editor
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Olivier Cadot, Antoni Estevadeordal, Akiko Suwa-Eisenmann, and Thierry Verdier

Part I Rules of Origin: Theoretical perspectives

Part II Rules of Origin in Regional Trade Agreements around the world

3 Mapping and measuring Rules of Origin around the world

Antoni Estevadeordal and Kati Suominen

4 Rules of Origin for services: economic and legal considerations

Americo Beviglia Zampetti and Pierre Sauvé1

Part III The political economy of Rules of Origin

5 Rules of Origin as export subsidies†

Olivier Cadot, Antoni Estevadeordal, and Akiko Suwa-Eisenmann

Part IV Measuring the impact of Rules of Origin

Part V Rules of Origin and development

10 Rules of Origin as tools of development? Some lessons from SADC

Hennie Erasmus, Frank Flatters, and Robert Kirk†

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