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The Origin of GoodsRules of Origin in Regional Trade Agreements$
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Olivier Cadot, Antoni Estevadeordal, Akiko Suwa-Eisenmann, and Thierry Verdier

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199290482

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199290482.001.0001

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

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

(p.259) 10 Rules of Origin as tools of development? Some lessons from SADC
The Origin of Goods

Olivier Cadot (Contributor Webpage)

Antoni Estevadeordal

Akiko Suwa-Eisenmann (Contributor Webpage)

Thierry Verdier

Oxford University Press

Firm level interviews are used to assess the economic implications of the rules of origin (ROO) applied for trade to qualify under the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Trade Protocol. Approaches to ROO reflect the tension between regional integration as a platform for improving competitiveness in international markets, and using it as a ‘policy tool for development’ to obtain privileged access to a larger protected market. The analysis of selected SADC ROO in agriculture and manufacturing shows that these will prevent efficiency gains from being realized by the Free Trade Area by maintaining the pre-Trade Protocol protection and trade patterns. ROO that seek to influence the sourcing of inputs through fiat will encourage trade diversion and reduce international competitiveness.

Keywords:   regional integration, international trade, free trade areas, preferential trade agreement, rules of origin, Southern African Development Community

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