Reforming Rules of Origin in Greater Arab Free Trade Area for Effective Economic Integration

Economic Research Policy Forum Brief 29:1-7 (2017)
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Free trade agreements are about reducing tariffs, market access in services, protection of intellectual property rights, streamlining customs procedures, trade remedy measures, and dispute settlement mechanism. Equally important if not even more important than these provisions is the designation of rules of origin. Many benefits can be lost if restrictive rules of origin are incorporated. Rules of origin are supposed to be straightforward and easy-to-follow methods used to determine origin of imported goods. The policy question that arises is how to improve trade integration among Arab countries through more effective rules of origin.

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Bashar H. Malkawi
University of Arizona


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