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Regional Cross-Border Trade Facilitation and Infrastructure Study for Mashreq Countries

AIM AIR AIR FREIGHT ALTERNATIVE ROUTES BASE YEAR BILATERAL TRADE BONDS BORDER CROSSING BORDER CROSSINGS BORDER INSPECTIONS BORDER MANAGEMENT CARGO CARGOES CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE COMMON MARKET CONTAINER TRAFFIC CONTAINERS CORRIDOR INFRASTRUCTURE CUSTOMS CUSTOMS BROKERS CUSTOMS CLEARANCE CUSTOMS PROCEDURES CUSTOMS UNION CUSTOMS VALUATION DELIVERY SCHEDULES DEVELOPED COUNTRIES DEVELOPING COUNTRIES DIRECT DELIVERY DISTRIBUTION CENTERS DRIVERS ECONOMIC COOPERATION EMISSION EMISSION STANDARDS EXPORT COMPETITIVENESS EXPORT PRODUCTS EXPORT TRADE EXPORT VALUE EXPORTS FEASIBILITY STUDIES FINANCIAL INCENTIVES FORECASTS FOREIGN TRADE FREE TRADE FREE TRADE AGREEMENT FREE TRADE AREA FREE TRADE ZONES FREIGHT FREIGHT DISTRIBUTION FREIGHT FORWARDERS FREIGHT FORWARDING FREIGHT RATES FREIGHT SERVICES FREIGHT TRANSPORT FUEL GASOLINE GDP GLOBALIZATION HIGHWAYS IMPORT PROCEDURES IMPORT SHARE IMPORTS INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT INSPECTION INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENTS INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS INTERNATIONAL TRADE INTERNATIONAL TRANSPORT INTRAREGIONAL TRADE INVENTORY JOURNEY LOADING LOGISTICS COSTS MANUFACTURING MARITIME TRANSPORT MIDDLE INCOME COUNTRIES MODAL CHOICES MOTORWAYS MULTILATERAL NEGOTIATIONS NATIONAL INCOME PORT CHARGES PRODUCTION FUNCTION PUBLIC WORKS QUALITY OF TRANSPORT RAIL RAIL CONNECTION RAIL DEVELOPMENT RAIL FREIGHT RAIL INFRASTRUCTURE RAIL LINK RAIL LINKS RAIL NETWORK RAIL ROUTES RAIL SERVICE RAIL SERVICES RAIL TRANSPORT RAILWAY RAILWAYS REGIONAL TRADE AGREEMENTS REGIONAL TRANSPORT REGIONAL TRANSPORT STRATEGIES REGULATORY SYSTEMS RING ROAD ROAD ROAD INFRASTRUCTURE ROAD INVESTMENT ROAD LINKS ROAD PROJECTS ROAD TRANSPORT ROADS ROUTE ROUTES RULES OF ORIGIN SAFETY SHIPMENTS SHIPPERS SHIPPING SHIPS STRUCTURAL CHANGE SUPPLY CHAINS TARIFF POLICIES TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE TIME CONSTRAINTS TRADE BARRIERS TRADE BLOCK TRADE COMPETITIVENESS TRADE FACILITATION TRADE FACILITATION AUDITS TRADE IMBALANCE TRADE LOGISTICS TRADE ROUTES TRADE VOLUME TRADING BLOCS TRAFFIC TRAFFIC MOVEMENT TRANSIT TRANSIT TIMES TRANSPARENCY TRANSPORT TRANSPORT EFFICIENCY TRANSPORT FACILITATION TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE TRANSPORT MODE TRANSPORT MODES TRANSPORT NETWORK TRANSPORT OF GOODS TRANSPORT SERVICES TRANSPORT SYSTEM TRANSSHIPMENT TRIP TRIP TIME TRIPS TRUCKS TRUE VALUE ADDED VEHICLES VESSELS VOLUME OF TRAFFIC WAREHOUSING WEALTH WORLD TRADE WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION WTO
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Washington, DC
Middle East and North Africa
2013-02-26T18:46:49Z | 2013-02-26T18:46:49Z | 2011-04

Many opportunities for trade of the Mashreq (Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon and Syria) countries are being lost because of inefficient trade facilitation processes and procedures, and to a lesser extent because of underdeveloped transport infrastructure. Implementation of the Pan Arab Free Trade Agreement has substantially reduced formal trade barriers between the countries. There is today extensive knowledge on the institutional arrangements for such agencies that work best under different conditions. Trade facilitation and transport services are largely the responsibility of private operators, yet an increase in their effectiveness would come through this agency which would include both private and public sector representation. The institutional proposals included in the short and medium term action plans are designed to create this new context. Recent initiatives within the Arab League to establish sub-regional committees of transport ministers have a similar objective of bringing a more focused attention to addressing trade facilitation issues. The proposal for a corridor management system presented in this report builds on these initiatives and draws on the experience gained from the operation of management systems in other corridors. This study used two analytical tools to assess the major trade and transport impediments to increased trade.

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