06 February 2019
Myths of Technical Regulation in the Field of International Trade

ITI experts have published an article in the Standards and Quality journal. In the article entitled Myths of Technical Regulation in the Field of International Trade, Vladimir Salamatov, Iosif Aronov, and Anna Rybakova explore issues related to the implementation of the International Cooperation and Exports national program introduced by the President's Executive Order No 204 dated May 07, 2018.

Using the examples of exports in certain commodity groups from EAEU countries to Mongolia and of the introduction of compulsory certification for steel in India, the authors demonstrate that in some cases a new technical measure introduced for certain goods does not lead to a decrease in exports of these goods or, in the long run, has virtually no effect on the volume of imports.

Full text of the article is available at: Myths of Technical Regulation in the Field of International Trade (Elibrary.ru)

The research was continued in the article entitled Myths of Technical Regulation in the Field of International Trade: Mutual Recognition Agreements which was published in the second issue of the Standards and Quality journal in 2019. In this article, ITI experts Vladimir Salamatov, Iosif Aronov, Anna Rybakova, and Anna Tangaeva, in collaboration with Olga Maksimova (Candidate of Technical Sciences, Lecturer of the National Research University Higher School of Economics), study the effectiveness of intergovernmental mutual recognition agreements (MRA) which are known as an instrument for reducing technical barriers in trade.

Based on a specific example of the dynamics of export turnover in pharmaceuticals between the EU and Israel from 2001 to 2017, the authors demonstrate that intergovernmental mutual recognition agreements don't necessarily lead to an increase in mutual supplies of goods, nor do they lead to a growth in the number of new exporters. Clearly, however, it doesn't follow that countries should stop making such agreements because MRA do facilitate the process of entering foreign markets.

Full text of the article is available at: Myths of Technical Regulation in the Field of International Trade: Mutual Recognition Agreements

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