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Technical Paper: Registration of Foreign Trade in Goods and Special Trade Regimes

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A new technical paper analyzes methodologies for the trade registration regimes of Central America and the Dominican Republic.

The new technical paper written by the team at the Institute for the Integration of Latin America and the Caribbean (INTAL) documents various aspects of the registration process for foreign trade in goods in Central America and the Dominican Republic, particularly those connected to special trade regimes (STRs).

INTAL’s primary interest in STRs lies in their intensive use as export promotion instruments in most of these countries, in particular from the 1970s and 1980s onwards. With regard to statistics, there arose a need to pay particular attention to the trade flows channeled through these special regimes and distinguish them from those that took place within the general foreign trade regime. Within the group of countries in question, Panama already had a long history applying STRs, although these essentially targeted the development of a free trade zone and not export promotion. To learn more, click here (in Spanish).

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