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. January 2012 | Publications | English

    The EU’s and the US’s Preferential Arrangements - a Comparison

    The Impact of Rules of Origin on Trade

    Various studies have shown how the cost of compliance with rules of origin often outweighs the benefits of the tariff preferences. The report "The impact of Rules of Origin on Trade" summarises existing literature which confirms that rules of origin often act as a barrier to trade by having negative effects on both utilisation of preferences and trade flows.

  2. January 2012 | Publications | English

    The Impact of Rules of Origin on Trade

    – a Comparison of the EU’s and the US’s Rules for the Textile and Clothing Sector

    The aim of this report is to examine the effects of rules of origin. We discuss the importance of the design of the rules, for preferential agreements to make a difference. The evident objective of non-reciprocal trade agreements is to stimulate exports from developing countries to industrialised markets. However, actual exports using the preferential arrangements do not increase as one could expect or at least hope for.

  3. November 2011 | Publications | English

    Cross-border Public Procurement

    - an EU Perspective

    This study intends to take a look at cross-border procurement from an EU perspective; it contains a description of the nature, structure and economic importance of public procurement, inter alia on the basis of two concrete case studies. We also discuss the proposed EU instrument for achieving market symmetry; its rationale and objective as well as the potential problems it may create.

  4. July 2011 | Publications | English

    What are the Barriers to Sweden's Foreign Trade?

    An Analysis of an Interview Survey of Swedish Companies

    On behalf of the National Board of Trade, Statistics Sweden has interviewed a representative selection of Swedish companies during the autumn of 2009. These interviews were conducted in order to survey the problems that companies in various industries and size ranges encounter in their trade with other EU countries and countries outside the EU, including the companies’ own views of which markets and subject areas should be emphasised in future negotiations. The survey also charts the companies’ use of, and ambitions for, direct measures to promote trade.

  5. May 2011 | Publications | English

    Open Trade Gate Sweden - Export to Sweden


    Information brochure about Open Trade Gate Sweden, the one-stop information centre to facilitate your exports. In English.

  6. May 2011 | Publications | English

    Securing High Investment Protection for EU Investors

    - a Review of EU Member States’ Model BITs

    The purpose of bilateral investment agreements (BITs) is to protect and promote investments by creating a stable and predictable legal investment environment. Stable and predictable conditions are key to investment decisions. Thus, the future of European BITs is central to companies investing abroad. 

  7. February 2011 | Publications | English

    Survey of e-commerce barriers within the EU

    20 examples of trade barriers in the digital internal market

    According to the Eurobarometer, 33 percent of consumers purchase products online within the EU, but only 7 percent do this across borders. There are several reasons for this level of fragmentation in the market, such as a low level of confidence in the Internet, a low level of broadband provision, deficient interoperability, cultural differences (with regard to language, payment methods, customer behaviour patterns) and barriers of a legal nature. In this report, the Board has focused on the last category. We highlight examples that demonstrate the legal barriers that companies face when they wish to expand their operations into other EU countries.

  8. January 2011 | Publications | English

    Gender Impacts of International Trade and Trade Policy

    – a case study of the FTA between Korea and the EU

    This report begins with an overview of key questions related to trade and gender. It sets out to present the different conditions that women and men face in the labour market and the theoretical discussions that are currently taking place on the subject. It thereafter analyses the issue of trade and gender by looking at different sectors, stages in development, level of social security, informal markets, and other more societal issues. Finally, the FTA between Korea and the EU is analysed from a gender perspective.

  9. June 2010 | Publications | English

    Made in Sweden?

    A New Perspective on the Relationship between Sweden’s Exports and Imports

    In this report, the National Board of Trade reviews the effects on trade due to the increased specialisation of production in the world economy - and thereby the fragmentation of manufacturing operations to various countries. The market has become increasingly global which has affected international trade and international dependence. This report describes how Sweden’s dependence on trade has been altered. It is also available in a Swedish version.

  10. May 2010 | Publications | English

    Practical Aspects of Border Carbon Adjustment Measures

    - Using a Trade Facilitation Perspective to Assess Trade Costs

    Border carbon adjustment (BCA) measures are being discussed as a response to concerns regarding carbon leakage and competitiveness in a number of OECD countries, although no country has implemented these types of BCA measures yet. This analysis aims to complement the studies done on legal and economic issues with a discussion on the practical challenges and costs relating to the different ways a BCA could be constructed.

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Visiting Address: Drottninggatan 89. 
Phone: +46 8 690 48 00     Fax: +46 8 30 67 59


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