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This title was formally part of the Studies in International Trade Policy Series, now called Studies in International Economics.
Rules of origin are becoming more and more important and controversial in international trade relations. It is increasingly realized that such rules have the potential to be used as trade-restricting and trade-distorting measures. The strong movements to establish regional trade blocs and the simultaneous increase in the use of discriminatory trade measures will further increase the importance of rules of origin and the part they play in tensions over international trade.
Rules of origin are complex, factual, and contentious. To present a broad perspective on the subject, the editors of this book decided to seek contributions from practitioners rather than administrators. The heart of the book examines the practices of five major trading bodies: the United States, the European Community, Japan, Australia, and Canada. In an important concluding chapter the country studies are treated comparatively and are contrasted with the draft GATT Code on rules of origin.