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          Policy Coherence and Coordination for Trade Facilitation: Integrated Border Management, Single-Windows and Other Options for Developing Countries (English)
          Working paper by Alburo, Florian / ARTNet, 2008, 22 pages
          Categories: Trade Facilitation

          There is now increasing recognition of the critical importance of trade facilitation to further international commerce, accelerate growth, and enhance welfare if not alleviate poverty among trading nations. But there is also increasing appreciation that it is not just attention to the barriers and bottlenecks behind-the-border that are involved in trade facilitation (TF), it also calls for coherence between policies and regulations at the border and inside the border. It is argued here that while policy coherence and coordination are important for TF, integrated border management (IBM) and single-windows (SW) are not the only ways for achieving them. Indeed the IBM and SW may actually be the special cases given the limited experiences around. The next section highlights the difference between policy coherence for trade facilitation and the narrower issue of coordination for trade facilitation through a discussion of the relationship between domestic interests and trade. The third section looks at IBM and SW and the extent to which they reflect policy coherence and coordination. A final section considers alternative solutions to policy coherence and coordination in TF than IBM and SW.