Development, Trade and Foreign Affairs
The agricultural sector remains the most challenged by unfavourable requirements for trade with its neighbours, although all of them belong to the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) that is aimed at creating single market among all its members. Tariff elimination/reduction is one of the key achievements of the regional economic integration for the free flow of goods between the ASEAN members. Nonetheless, both technical and non-technical requirements – for example, sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures, technical barriers to trade (TBTs), pre-shipment inspection, non- automatic licensing, quotas, prohibitions and quantity-control measures – are still a burden to the free flow of commodity trade.
Maize is one among the top three crops cultivated in Cambodia, in terms of cultivation area and overall production. This study focused on a specific case of Cambodia’s maize exports to Thailand. In addition, the study analysed the incidence and frequency of NTMs through the UNCTAD classification by utilizing various sources of information. Section A details the research objectives and methodology while section B focuses on trends in maize production in Cambodia. Section C presents an analysis of Thailand’s regulations on maize trade and its NTM classification. Section D provides policy recommendations for more liberalizing trade and better trade facilitation.
Published on Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Contributed by Khov Ea Hai