Non-tariff barriers to exporting goods into Uzbekistan

_ Eurasian Studies. Munich, 27 April 2020.

Knowledge of non-tariff barriers (NTBs) to export to a country is an important condition for market analysis and for modeling changes in merchandise trade flows, for example, when one country joins a free trade area or customs union.

The Republic of Uzbekistan has relatively recently begun to liberalize its foreign trade policies. Unfortunately, because of this, in the scientific literature there are essentially no estimates of the quantification (i.e. ad valorem equivalents) of non-tariff barriers that foreign exporters encounter when exporting to Uzbekistan.

As part of its research effort, the analytical media “Eurasian Studies” would like to conduct a survey of only 17 short, simple and quick-to-answer questions among relevant entrepreneurs and experts to evaluate NTBs when exporting to the Republic of Uzbekistan. The final results of the survey will be published free of charge on our website.

Non-tariff barriers to trade (NTB) are a set of methods of foreign trade regulation that have the effect of complicating import operations, but which are not related to import tariffs. They include a wide range of measures, such as: customs procedures, technical regulations and standards, sanitary and phytosanitary measures, excise taxes only for imports, quotas, prohibitions and measures of quantitative control, price control measures and measures affecting competition (institution of special exporters, restrictions on sales and public procurement, subsidies), etc.

The answers on the sliders should be imagined as the additional cost (in money and time) as a percentage (on a 0 to 10 scale, 0 = 0%, 10 = 100%) of the original costs that an exporter faces when exporting goods to Uzbekistan. But excluding import duties!

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