EconPapers    
Economics at your fingertips  
 

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

Kazunobu Hayakawa (), Laksanapanyakul Nuttawut and Urata Shujiro

No 541, IDE Discussion Papers from Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization(JETRO)

Abstract: 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$2,000 for exports from China, US$300 for exports from Australia, and US$1,000 for exports from Japan. We also found that FTA utilization costs differ by rule of origin and industry.

Keywords: Thailand; International Trade; International Agreements; Costs; Imports; FTA; Fixed Costs (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F13 F53 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-int and nep-sea
Date: 2015-10-01
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: Track citations by RSS feed

Published in IDE Discussion Paper = IDE Discussion Paper, No. 541. 2015-10-01

Downloads: (external link)
https://ir.ide.go.jp/?action=repository_action_com ... bute_id=22&file_no=1 First version, 2015 (application/pdf)

Related works:
Journal Article: Measuring the costs of FTA utilization: evidence from transaction-level import data of Thailand (2016) Downloads
Working Paper: Measuring the Costs of FTA Utilization: Evidence from Transaction-level Import Data of Thailand (2015) Downloads
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:jet:dpaper:dpaper541

Ordering information: This working paper can be ordered from
Publication Office, IDE 3-2-2 Wakaba, Mihama-ku, Chiba-shi, Chiba 261-8545 JAPAN
http://www.ide.go.jp/English/Publish/Order

Access Statistics for this paper

More papers in IDE Discussion Papers from Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization(JETRO) Contact information at EDIRC.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Sho Enomoto ().

 
Page updated 2019-12-12
Handle: RePEc:jet:dpaper:dpaper541