This project, a joint venture with UNCTAD, focuses on aspects of applied research and capacity building related to trade facilitation, trade policy and rules of origin.
On trade facilitation, the project aims at delivering an integrated research and capacity building program on transit, transport and trade facilitation.
On rules of origin, the project aims at developing tools and research to understand the extent of differences in product-specific rules of origin across countries and trade agreements with a view to detecting possible convergence or divergence, enhancing transparency in monitoring the use of trade preferences and applying trade facilitation concepts to rules of origin certification procedures.
On trade policy, the project aims at delivering a focused and tailored advice based on research and capacity building to ASEAN LDC countries on market access and trade policy.
Activities include applied research, executive round tables as well as advocacy actions.
Database on GSP utilization
The GSP preference utilization database provides information on the utilization of the GSP schemes as well as other preferences granted to developing countries and LDCs under GSP, DFQF arrangements and in limited occurrences to trade preferences under reciprocal FTAs.Explore more
Facilitation for transport and trade in West Africa
The project identifies measures to be put in place by governments and the private sector to adopt reforms that will facilitate the implementation of regional instruments on transit, transport and trade facilitation.Explore more
Publications and Knowledge
- Using Utilization Rates to Identify Rules of Origin Reforms : the Case of EU Free Trade Area Agreements, Pramila Crivelli, Stefano Inama, Jonas Kasteng
- Towards Convergence on Rules of Origin Between Trade at the Regional and Multilateral Level, Stefano Inama, Inter American Development Bank (IADB ), International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD)
- Rules of Origin as Non-Tariff Measures: Towards Greater Regulatory Convergence, Bernard Hoekman, Stefano Inama, European University Institute
- Harmonization of rules of origin: an agenda for plurilateral cooperation?, Bernard Hoekman and Stefano Inama
- Convergence on the Calculation Methodology for Drafting Rules of Origin in FTAs Using the Ad Valorem Criterion, Stefano Inama, Pramila Crivelli, Global Trade and Customs Journal
- The use of the EU FTAs, Stefano Inama, UNCTAD and Swedish Board of trade
- Getting to better Rules of Origin for LDCs using Utilization rates: From the WTO Ministerial decision in Hong Kong (2005) To Bali (2013), Nairobi (2015) and beyond, Stefano Inama, Pramila Crivelli, UNCTAD
- A methodology to identify candidates for reforming rules of origin: Linking utilization of EU FTAs to rules of origin, Pramila Crivelli, Kasteng, Stefano Inama, European University Institute
- Making RCEP successful through business-friendly rules of origin
- Selected issues on rules of origin for least developed countries, Pramila Crivelli, Stefano Inama
(1) Direct consignment rule
(2) Chinese utilization rates of trade preferences
- Excel worksheet and presentation at EUI on June 2018, Pramila Crivelli, Stefano Inama
- The methodologies of drafting the ad valorem percentage criterion: existing practices in African RECs and way forward for AfCFTA, Stefano Inama
- Technical note on drafting product-specific rules of origin in HS chapter 71 and HS chapter 86, Stefano Inama
- The treatment of goods originating in Special Economic Zones in the African Continental Free trade, Stefano Inama, Pramila Crivelli, Mark Pearson
- Draft manual on rules of origin for AfCFTA, Stefano Inama
The Global Economics team at the Global Governance Programme (GGP) has initiated a new video series on ‘Rules of Origin’ and international trade. Hosted by the Schuman Centre of the European University Institute (EUI), it comprises of interviews led by Mr. Stefano Inama, Chief, Technical Assistance and Enhanced Integrated Framework Section at
the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).
This video series aims to bring to all stakeholders, in particular, the private sector, governments, international organisations, academia and the general public, the issues at stake, the recent developments and valuable research.