Some Practical Guidance for the Computation of Free Trade Agreement Utilization Rates

Discussion Papers



December 2013


The literature on the use of free trade agreements (FTAs) has recently been growing because it is becoming more important to encourage the use of current FTAs than to increase the number of FTAs. In this paper, we discuss some practical issues in the computation of FTA utilization rates, which provide a useful measure to discover how much FTA schemes are used in trade. For example, compared with the use of customs data on FTA utilization in imports, when using certificates of origin data on FTA utilization in exports, there are several points about which we should be careful. Our practical guidance on the computation of FTA utilization rates will be helpful when computing such rates and in examining the determinants of those rates empirically.

Keywords: Free trade agreement, Certificates of Origin, FTA Utilization
JEL classification: F10; F13; F15

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