Trade and Transport Chains in Restructuring Economies

This chapter analyzes the scope and the status of the interrelated processes of trade and transport integration in a number of trading blocs. The chapter infers some lessons from the experiences that are relevant to the design of an efficient trade/transport chain for trade blocs that comprise developing countries. The trade blocs surveyed include NAFTA, the EU and three others that comprise developing countries. The next section of the chapter clarifies the cluster of ideas embraced by the “trade/transport chain,” and “transport and transit facilitation.” The focus of the discussion of transport integration is on the remaining barriers to efficient integration in terms of physical infrastructural deficiencies, dysfunctional cross-border procedures, and the inappropriate knowledge and competencies in the workforce handling transport and transit facilitation. The issues and challenges in lowering or removing these barriers are also discussed. The next section of the chapter provides an overview of the nature and extent of the trade integration in the five trade blocs and the final section concludes with lessons gained from the survey of the experience of the five regional trading blocs.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 23-59
  • Monograph Title: Structural Change in Transportation and Communications in the Knowledge Society

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  • Accession Number: 01050158
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9781843766100
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 29 2007 12:34PM