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Is Your Business UK Trade Policy Ready?
By David Henig and Anna Jerzewska Originally published by the UK Trade Forum (HERE). “I’m from the government and I’m here to help” is often a statement business representatives really don’t like to hear. But as the UK embarks on an independent trade policy outside the European Union, that needs to change, at least […]
Brexit and origin: a case for the wider use of cross-cumulation
As the UK negotiates its exit from the EU, rules of origin are becoming a key topic. Even if the UK reaches a deal with the EU, renegotiates agreements with the EU’s existing partners such as Canada, Japan or South Korea, or signs deals with new partners such as the US or India, the question […]
Brexit and the European cumulation of origin: The case of the textile industry
When the UK exits the EU, it will forfeit access to the Pan-Euro-Med (PEM) cumulation zone. In this article, the author examines the potential implications of Brexit on cumulation of origin, particularly with regard to the UK textiles industry, and outlines related aspects that the UK must weigh up when defining its future relationship both […]
The Preferential Origin Regime and Global Value Chains
Access to preferential import tariffs under a free trade agreement (FTA) is governed by clearly defined rules of origin designed to prevent non-members from enjoying the benefits. However, a company’s ability to trade under preference even when it meets these rules, is subject to a number of other conditions and requirements. In particular, the documentary […]
Preferential Origin Regimes Must Reflect the Complexity of Global Value Chains
Can Free Trade Agreements keep up with the increasingly complex and changing global value chains? Can the preferential origin regime restrict firms’ ability to trade under preference? A shorter version of the paper prepared for the RTA Exchange Policy Dialogue “Towards Inclusive Rules of Origin”, 21–22 November 2016, Geneva, Switzerland. Published by the E15 Initiative (HERE) […]
Revised Investor-to-State Dispute Settlement Mechanism: New and Improved?
Review of the key criticism of the investor-to-state dispute settlement mechanism (ISDS) in the context of new FTA negotiations taking place, the recent changes to the ISDS mechanism and the future of ISDS in FTAs. Please click HERE to view the text on RTA Exchange website. Introduction The investor-to-state dispute settlement mechanism (ISDS) is a […]
Boosting Access to Finance: Ensuring Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) Recognise Cooperatives’ Vital Development Role
Free trade agreements should make special provisions for cooperative financial institutions in recognition of the distinctive benefits they can provide for emerging economies, especially within the underfinanced agricultural and small business sectors. Publication co-authored by Anna, Nigel Vooght, PwC Financial Services Global Leader, and Andrew Jurczynski, PwC Project Blue Global Leader. Published by PwC. Please […]
Japan’ s FTAs as Tools for Achieving Companies’ Commercial Interests: Do Japanese Corporations Need a Region-Wide Trade Liberalization Treaty?
This study focuses on the use of FTAs by Japanese corporations – FTAs’ main clients – to date. It asks the following questions: What strategic commercial objectives do different types of existing FTAs (bilateral, semi-regional) fulfil for Japanese corporations, mainly in the electronics and machinery sectors, and how successful are they in performing this role? […]