The Design and Operation of Rules of Origin in Greater Arab Free Trade Area

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Citation: Bashar H. Malkawi and Mohammad I. El-Shafie (2019) The Design and Operation of Rules of Origin in Greater Arab Free Trade Area. Journal of World Trade (RSS)
Internet Archive Scholar (fulltext): The Design and Operation of Rules of Origin in Greater Arab Free Trade Area
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Summary (Abstract)

Rules of origin (ROO) are pivotal element of the Greater Arab Free Trade Area (GAFTA). ROO are basically established to ensure that only eligible products receive preferential tariff treatment. Taking into consideration the profound implications of ROO for enhancing trade flows and facilitating the success of regional integration, this article sheds light on the way that ROO in GAFTA are designed and implemented. Moreover, the article examines the extent to which ROO still represents an obstacle to the full implementation of GAFTA. In addition, the article provides ways to overcome the most important shortcomings of ROO text in the agreement and ultimately offering possible solutions to those issues.