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Do private inspection programs affect trade facilitation ?
 
Author:Velea, Irina; Cadot, Olivier; Wilson, John S.; Collection Title:Policy Research working paper ; no. WPS 5515
Country:World; Date Stored:2010/12/30
Document Date:2010/12/01Document Type:Policy Research Working Paper
SubTopics:Transport Economics Policy & Planning; Economic Theory & Research; Free Trade; E-Business; Trade LawLanguage:English
Major Sector:Industry and tradeRel. Proj ID:1W-Trade Costs & Facilitation -- -- P111051;
Region:The World RegionReport Number:WPS5515
Sub Sectors:Other domestic and international tradeVolume No:1 of 1

Summary: Private inspection of international shipments has been used over the last half-century for a variety of purposes. These include prevention of capital flight and improvement of import duty collection, among others. The existing literature has failed to find much impact of these inspection programs on collected tariff revenue or corruption at the border. This paper explores the "facilitation" effect of private inspection programs on trade. The results indicate that private inspection has a positive and significant trade-facilitation effect. These programs raise import volumes for countries using them by approximately 2 to 10 percent. The findings here also suggest that the benefit of private inspection of imports may be associated with reforms and best practices applied by private inspection firms. Private firms' inspection of cargo may promote faster clearance times and process reliability, rather than improved tax collection.

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