The National Board of Trade publishes a number of reports in a wide range of trade related issues. The reports can be downloaded free of charge.

  1. October 2009 | Publications | English

    Open Trade or Protectionism?

    Developments in trade policy since 1995

    Globally, the growth of international trade is outpacing production, and investments are increasing more rapidly still. This study by the Swedish National Board of Trade shows that the twelve years following 1995 saw a period of increased openness and free trade. Meanwhile, progress in trade policy has been limited in recent years. A common impression obtained from various investigations is that support for protectionism is on the rise, perhaps as an effect of globalization.

  2. May 2009 | Publications | English


    - for trade facilitation

    Information brochure for SWEPRO, the Swedish Trade Procedures Council. SWEPRO is Sweden’s forum for discussion and information regarding international work on trade facilitation issues. SWEPRO includes representatives of business and public authorities and consists of the Swedish Bankers’ Association, the Swedish Trade Council, the Swedish Alliance for Electronic Commerce (GEA), the National Board of Trade, the Swedish Federation of Trade, the Swedish International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise, the Swedish International Freight Association, Swedish Customs, and the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs. 

  3. February 2009 | Publications | English

    At your service

    The Importance of Services for Manufacturing Companies and Possible Trade Policy Implications

    This case study of Sandvik Tooling (a part of the Swedish manufacturer, Sandvik Group) shows that the company needs over 40 different services to establish and uphold their supply chain. This is almost half of the services covered in the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS). Additionally, Sandvik Tooling supply about 15 different services themselves. It is also available in a Swedish version.

  4. February 2009 | Publications | English

    Climate Measures and Trade

    Legal and Economic Aspects of Border Carbon Adjustment

    This study focuses on the legal and economic aspects of a border carbon tax or a carbon regulation requiring participation in a domestic cap-and-trade system, referring to both as border carbon adjustment. It examines what literature has to say about the legal implications and looks into the arguments given for introducing border carbon adjustments.

  5. August 2008 | Publications | English

    Trade Facilitation and Swedish Experiences

    The National Board of Trade has the task of promoting a free trade with transparent rules. Our work thus aims at minimising all kinds of obstacles to trade. Trade facilitation is an important part of this - and increasingly so with decreasing levels for tariffs. Trade facilitation is hence becoming an increasingly important tool for development.

  6. May 2008 | Publications | English

    Deals on Wheels

    The Harmonisation of Vehicle Regulations

    This study fills two primary functions: to serve as stock-taking excercise of international hamonisation of vehicle regulations and analyse the effectiveness of the current system. The overview of the status of the harmonisation consists of an introduction to two multilateral agreements - the 1958 Agreement and the 1998 Agreement of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe - as well as a look at the vehicle regulations in seven economies: China, The EU, India, Japan Russia, South Korea and the US.

  7. May 2008 | Publications | English

    The WTO decision on compulsory licensing

    Does it enable import of medicines for developing countries with grave public health problems?

    On August 30, 2003, the World Trade Organization, WTO, accepted a set of new rules intended to improve access to medicines in developing countries. In this study, the National Board of Trade analyses whether this new set of rules can enable import of patented medicines to developing countries. There is a yearly review of the new rules in the Council for TRIPS in the WTO but so far it has not been a substantive review of the new system as such. 

  8. March 2008 | Publications | English

    The relationship between international trade and foreign direct investments for Swedish multinational enterprises

    This study is based on recent theoretical and empirical literature and examines how international trade and FDI are related by evaluating the impact of increased world economy and trade liberalization on the Swedish exports and foreign affiliate production.

  9. January 2008 | Publications | English

    Supply Chain Security Initiatives

    A Trade Facilitation Perspective

    The number of security initiatives that exert an influence on international trade has increased continuously after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. The requirements placed on the international supply chain are increasing steadily and it is becoming all the more difficult to obtain an exhaustive picture of the entire system of security requirements. The Swedish Trade Procedures Council (SWEPRO), which is a Swedish forum for cooperation on trade procedures, has established that there is a need for comprehensive information on the security initiatives and the effects they have on international trade.

  10. November 2006 | Publications | English

    Economic Implications of the Doha Round

    In this report, the Swedish National Board of Trade has analysed the possible economic outcome of the Doha Development Agenda (DDA). The new round of negotiations is named after the capital of Qatar, where it was launched in November 2001 by member states of the World Trade Organization (WTO).

National Board of Trade, P.O. Box 6803, SE-113 86 Stockholm. 
Visiting Address: Drottninggatan 89. 
Phone: +46 8 690 48 00     Fax: +46 8 30 67 59


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