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Making Green Trade Happen

Environmental Goods and Indispensable Services

In July 2014, the EU and a number of WTO member countries initiated negotiations on how to facilitate global trade regarding products which benefit the environment. So far, the discussion has focused on eliminating tariffs on so-called environmental goods. This study shows that in order to truly facilitate trade in environmental goods, barriers to trade in services need to also be removed. This is because companies selling environmental goods also usually sell a number of services related to such environmental goods. Often, customers demand a package solution that includes both goods and services. The report identifies a number of services indispensable to trade in environmental goods. Examples of such services include installation services, technical testing and user customisation. The report argues that the countries should negotiate about both the liberalisation of trade in environmental goods, as well as trade in services indispensable to environmental goods.

The report is based on interviews with companies that export and import environmental goods.

  • Titel: Making Green Trade HappenEnvironmental Goods and Indispensable Services
  • Utgiven: 2014
  • Språk: English
  • Format: PDF, Tryckt
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  • Antal sidor: 24
  • ISBN: 978-91-86575-86-1

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