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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. Trade and social sustainability

    An overview and analysis

    The main focus of this report is the links between trade and the social dimension of sustainable development. The report provides a comprehensive and holistic overview of relevant issues within trade and social sustainability, with a special focus on human rights, labour rights/working conditions and gender equality. The report also maps out trade related instrumentwith the potential to contribute to social sustainability, and it describes how the potential for trade to contribute to social sustainability is dependent on both national preconditions and complementary reforms.

    The report was published in Swedish in November 2016: Handel och social hållbarhet - en kartläggning och analys

  2. August 2017 | Publications | English

    Summary: Analysis of the free trade agreement between the EU, its member states and Canada (CETA)

    – an assignment by the Swedish government

    The Swedish Government has assigned the National Board of Trade to carry out an in-depth analysis of certain parts of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the European Union and Canada. The analysis covers the provisions on investment protection including the ICS (Investment Court System), public procurement, environmental and health related issues, trade in services and the Regulatory Cooperation Forum.

    The assignment is a follow-up to an earlier government assignment to the Board in July 2016 to analyse possible effects of CETA on the environment, human and animal health as well as democratic decision-making.

  3. August 2017 | Publications | English

    New Trade Facilitation obligations in the SPS area

    In this report, the National Board of Trade analyses how the new trade facilitation agreement affects WTO trade law in the sanitary and phytosanitary field.

  4. March 2017 | Publications | English

    Brexit

    Options for a future regulatory framework for trade in services and customs and trade procedures between the EU and the UK

    In September 2016, the Swedish Government commissioned the National Board of Trade to analyse and provide alternatives for how trade in services between the EU and the UK can be regulated after a UK withdrawal from the EU and its single market. The assignment also includes analysing and providing alternatives for how customs and trade procedures for the trade in goods between the EU and the UK can be designed after a UK withdrawal from the EU.

    This is a summary of the full analysis, Brexit – Alternativ till framtida regelverk för handel med tjänster och tull- och handelsprocedurer mellan EU och Storbritannien, by the National Board of Trade. The full analysis is  available only in Swedish.

  5. February 2017 | Publications | English

    Case story: Direct imports of Ethiopian roses to Sweden

    Direct imports of Ethiopian roses to Sweden

    This case story describes how Swedish authorities worked with a specific case in which a small company experienced difficulties in direct imports of cut flowers from Ethiopia to Sweden. It describes the dialogue between authorities and between authorities and actors from the private sector, and how a mapping exercise was used to facilitate the process for the company.

    Trade in plant products means certain risks of introduction and spread of plant pests. Protective measures taken to minimise phytosanitary risks are therefore important. Phytosanitary inspections are conducted within a chain of border activities including customs declaration, handling of fees etc.The complexity of the chain poses challenges to both business operators and authorities.  

  6. January 2017 | Publications | English

    Data Flows

    A Fifth Freedom for the Internal Market?

    The internal market is based on the freedoms of movement of goods, services, persons and capital. These four freedoms were introduced in the Treaty of Rome some 60 years ago, long before the emergence of the digital economy. Today our societies are increasingly dependent on the processing and transfer of data. Almost all transactions involve the movement of data at some point and our economies are relying on a smooth and free flow of data.

  7. December 2016 | Publications | English

    In Quest of Compliance

    Promoting effective enforcement of the EU Single Market

    The EU Member States do not fully comply with the Single market’s rules and principles and this undermines the credibility and effectiveness of the EU. This creates significant problems for citizens and companies and prevents the Single Market from fully delivering projected benefits. 

  8. November 2016 | Publications | English

    Analysis of the possible effects of the CETA free trade agreement

    - on the environment, human and animal health and democratic decision-making

    The Government has assigned the National Board of Trade to analyse the possible effects of the CETA agreement on the environment, human and animal health and democratic decision-making. 

  9. October 2016 | Publications | English

    The Servicification of EU Manufacturing

    Building Competitiveness in the Internal Market

    Servicification means that manufacturing activities and competitiveness increasingly depend on services. Yet, there are still many remaining barriers to the free movement of services within and outside the EU. Is the manufacturing industry’s increasing use of services a possibility to build competitiveness in the EU or a challenge to it?

  10. July 2016 | Publications | English

    Transatlantic Standards Approval Scheme (TSAS)

    - An example

    This information sheet gives a description of how the Transatlantic Standards Approval Scheme (TSAS) could function in reality. The product used in the example is a refrigerator. The information sheet is only available  in English.

  11. May 2016 | Publications | English

    Implementation and enforcement of sustainable development provisions in free trade agreements – options for improvement

    Contemporary FTAs increasingly include provisions pertaining to sustainable development. Although these provisions vary in form and scope, a growing number of FTAs contain substantive sustainability commitments, which gives rise to questions about their effective implementation and enforcement. Addressing these questions is the main objective of this paper.

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