2012

  1. Everybody is in Services

    – The Impact of Servicification in Manufacturing on Trade and Trade Policy

    This report focuses on developments in Sweden, but servicification is on-going in other countries as well, especially, but not only, higher income economies. Services are necessary for any firm seeking to take advantage of global value chains and to move up these chains to capture more value. Firms may use and produce services both as responses to outside factors and as a part of their competitiveness strategy.

  2. November 2012 | Publications | English

    Handling Services Trade Policy

    - the Swedish Experience

    Many government officials working with trade in services express similar challenges, such as the lack of reliable data, the challenges of coordinating national ministries and the need for dialogue with the private sector and other interest groups.

  3. November 2012 | Publications | English

    Potential Effects from an EU–US Free Trade Agreement – Sweden in Focus

    In this study the National Board of Trade analyses potential economic effects from a free trade agreement (FTA) between the EU and the US, with a particular focus on the effects on Sweden. The analysis is based on an economic simulation model over the world economy.

  4. October 2012 | Publications | English

    The Internal Market in a Global Context

    The openness to trade in the internal market has undoubtedly contributed to growth within the EU and towards making it an attractive trading partner in global trade. However, the benefits of an open market do not stop at the EU external border.

  5. October 2012 | Publications | English

    Sweden’s Work with SPS-related Export Barriers

    – A guide for Swedish Embassies on exports of processed food and agricultural products

    In cooperation with a number of government agencies, the Swedish National Board of Trade launched a practical handbook describing how Sweden works with SPS-related export barriers at the start of 2012. This report is also available in Swedish

  6. September 2012 | Publications | English

    How Borderless is the Cloud?

    - An introduction to cloud computing

    Over the past few decades, the digital development has fundamentally changed the way in which we communicate trade and conduct business. Data is transferred over the internet at ever-increasing speeds and the demand for information regardless of time and place is constantly increasing, at the same rate as technology is pushing the boundaries of what is possible. A term which has appeared on the covers of all IT magazines in recent years is "cloud computing".

  7. September 2012 | Publications | English

    Measures For a Better Functioning Internal Market

    In this report the National Board of Trade presents areas on the EU’s internal market where the free movement can be improved. The Board’s assessment is that further measures within these areas would lead to a more integrated and better functioning internal market.

  8. June 2012 | Publications | English

    Global Value Chains in EU Anti-Dumping Practice

    - The Economic Impact of Anti-Dumping Duties on Intermediate Goods and the “Union Interest Test”

    This report examines EU anti-dumpingpolicy with regard to its impact on users of goods that are subject to anti-dumping measures.In particular, this is done in light of the fact that the interest of industrial users has not once influenced the outcome of an anti-dumping proceeding (at least since 1998).

  9. June 2012 | Publications | English

    Possible Effects of the Services Directive

    This report analyses the economic effects of the Services Directive. The Services Directive has been in force since 2010 and is designed to facilitate services trade by removing unnecessary and discriminating rules and simplifying remaining rules in the EU Internal Market. We examine four services categories and estimate that trade in these services could increase by up to 50 percent if three regulations were deregulated according to the Services Directive’s ambition.

  10. April 2012 | Publications | English

    E-commerce – New Opportunities, New Barriers

    A survey of e-commerce barriers in countries outside the EU

    The internet and e-commerce are creating new opportunities for international trade. The geographic distance between buyer and seller is becoming less important, and companies can now reach consumers in foreign markets in ways that were previously impossible. However, as e-commerce grows and creates new opportunities, new trade barriers are also appearing.The study is based on interviews with Swedish companies, and identifies the barriers they encounter in their e-commerce business in countries outside the EU.

  11. February 2012 | Publications | English

    Anti-Dumping or Unjustified Protection?

    The EU Anti-Dumping Duties on Ceramic Tiles

    This report identifies problems and concerns with the European Union (EU) anti-dumping instrument, as applied today, regardless of the fact that the investigation procedures and methods might be in line with the current regulation and practice. The arguments are based on the recent anti-dumping investigation – and imposition of anti-dumping measures – on imports of ceramic tiles from China, but the observations and conclusions from the analysis are valid for most EU anti-dumping investigations. This report is aimed as a contribution to the modernisation review of the EU trade defence instruments in 2012.

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