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The Need for and Cost of Selected Trade Facilitation Measures Relevant to the WTO Trade Facilitation Negotiation: A Case Study of Nepal

Trade facilitation is a longstanding and traditional feature of General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), which is expected to have serious implications for developing member countries. This study aims to evaluate the need for and the cost of implementing trade facilitation measures in Nepal in the context of the ongoing WTO negotiation. Nepal initiated market-oriented economic reforms in 1985. Trade liberalization under the economic reform was significant. Trade facilitation, however, has received its due attention only in recent years. The Government of Nepal introduced the Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA) in selected customs offices and implemented a three year (2003-2006) Customs Reform Action Plan in the process of TF.

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