Caribbean governments charge that their domestic exporters often face higher freight rates than those encountered by other countries--rates that place these countries at a competitive disadvantage in world trade. The author of this report investigates these charges and explores how Caribbean countries could reduce freight costs. He distinguishes between air cargo services and ocean transport to determine whether freight costs differ with the mode of transport used. He also compares the rates for transporting food and agricultural raw materials with those for manufactured goods. He bases his findings on two independent studies of international transport and insurance costs. Tables in the appendix present detailed tariff line statistics on each Caribbean country's ocean and air freight costs to the United States, along with similar information on average freight costs for all other exporters.

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  • Authors:
    • YEATS, A J
  • Publication Date: 1989-11

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  • Accession Number: 00491190
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0-8213-1383-5
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 28 1990 12:00AM