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European Union trade and non-tariff measures

Nora Dihel and Peter Walkenhorst

Measurement of trade impacts of non-tariff measures

Business surveys of costs associated with non-tariff measures Wedge between domestic and world market prices Case studies of particular measures in individual countries Comparison of trade potential under barrierfree trade with actual trade

Trade potential - underlying idea

Trade within EU is virtually free of NTMs since completion of Single Market in 1992 Hence, trade between EU members should be more intensive than between EU and non-EU countries Differences in trade intensity might allow to quantify the impact of NTMs

Analytical approach
Gravity model, calibrated on intra-EU trade, to predict extra-EU trade Calibrate GTAP model to replicate trade potential, then recalibrate it (with new set of parameters on consumer preferences) to reproduce actual trade flows and provide estimates of tariff equivalents of NTMs Use information of prevalence of different types of NTMs in different countries and sectors from NTM-inventory to econometrically establish a ranking of NTMs according to their trade impact

Gravity model
Basic gravity model (economic size, distance, overseas-dummy) Estimated at the sectoral level (10 sectors) Germanys exports to other EU member countries and non-EU OECD countries

Gravity model - results and problems

Expected signs for size and distance variables Statistically significant for size and distance variables

Out of sample estimation Comparative advantage/disadvantage in sectors

Derivation of tariff equivalents

GTAP 10 x 10 aggregation (regions: DEU, 8 OECD countries, ROW) Integration of potential export volumes into the GTAP database Recalibration of the model Second calibration with new set of parameters on consumer preferences to reproduce initial trade Model gives estimate of overall protection Subtracting out of tariff protection gives tariff equivalents of aggregate NTMs

Tariff equivalents - results and problems

Method technically feasible Above average NTM-protection in mining and textiles sectors

Estimation errors from first step (gravity model) are carried through Tariff equivalents of NTMs not always appropriate, because often not generating any government revenue

Tariff equivalents of aggregate non-tariff protection

A v e ra g e

A g ric u ltu re

M in in g


T e x tile s & L e a th e r

W ood & P aper

C h e m ic a ls

M e ta ls & M in e ra ls

M a c h in e ry

Ranking of NTMs
Information on prevalence of NTMs from EU Market Access database
Business complaints about NTMs (including behind the border barriers) Information on type of NTM, sector of occurrence, country of occurrence Adjustments if a complaint concerns several NTMs or several sectors

Relating aggregate tariff equivalents of NTMs to number of complaints about different types of NTMs in sectors/countries

Business complaints about NTMs in selected OECD countries

A griculture M ining Para-tariff m easures Price/financecontrols Q uantitycontrols Technical regulations Pre-shipm inspection ent G discrim ovt ination D esticrestrictions om Infringem of IPR ent Total Food T extiles & W & C icals M & M ll ood hem etals achinery A goods L eather Paper M inerals

1 4 23 25 8 8 2 2 73

1 1 3 0 0 1 0 0 6

7 13 22 29 22 4 5 3 106

2 1 7 6 13 2 3 1 36

0 1 1 4 7 0 0 0 13

0 6 21 11 6 5 5 5 59

0 2 4 4 3 4 0 1 17

11 2 12 42 16 38 7 5 133

24 29 93 121 76 63 23 16 442

NTM ranking - results and problems

Large standard errors for regression Wide confidence intervals do not make it possible to clearly rank NTMs Inconsistency of DEU-based gravity model estimation and EU-based NTM complaints EU market access database not established with a view to quantitative NTM analysis Substantial variety of NTMs within a given category


Tariff equivalents of different types of NTMs

P ara-tariff m easures

P rice/finance contro ls

Q uantity co ntrols

T echnical regulatio ns

P re-ship m ent G overnm ent inspection d iscrim inatio n

D o m estic restrictions

Infringem ent o f IP R

Further work
Improvement of gravity model specification and estimation Modeling NTMs in terms of unobserved trade costs (Hertel/Walmsley/Ikatura, 2001) rather than as tariff equivalents Exploration of alternative sources on NTM prevalence