Measuring the costs of FTA utilization: evidence from transaction-level import data of Thailand

Kazunobu Hayakawa, Nuttawut Laksanapanyakul, Shujiro Urata

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In this study, we measure the utilization costs of free trade agreement (FTA) tariff schemes. To do that, we use shipment-level customs data on Thai imports, which identify not only firms, source country, and commodity but also tariff schemes. We propose several measures as a proxy for FTA utilization costs. The example includes the minimum amount of firm-level savings on tariff payments, i.e., trade values under FTA schemes multiplied by the tariff margin, in all transactions. Consequently, the median costs for FTA utilization in 2008, for example, are estimated to be approximately US$2000 for exports from China, US$300 for exports from Australia, and US$1000 for exports from Japan. We also found that FTA utilization costs differ by rule of origin and industry.

元の言語English
ページ(範囲)559-575
ページ数17
ジャーナルReview of World Economics
152
発行部数3
DOI
出版物ステータスPublished - 2016 8 1

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  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)

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