Global Trade Without Corruption

Fighting the Hidden Tariff

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This report provides an analytical framework for studying integrity in trade, combining insights from OECD work on trade facilitation, responsible business conduct and integrity in customs. It provides data and evidence supporting the view that trade facilitation and integrity are mutually supportive objectives, and suggests measures to effectively tackle corrupt practices affecting global supply chains.



More evidence than ever demonstrates that trade facilitation and reinforcing integrity are mutually-supportive objectives, but lack of integrity in trade remains a challenge for both public and private sectors. Indeed, lack of integrity in global supply chains represents a significant non-tariff barrier to trade, which significantly hampers economic activity and entails enormous costs for global society as a whole. OECD work on trade facilitation, responsible business conduct and integrity in customs identify transparency and integrity as critical factors for leveling the playing field in international economic transactions and for the participation of firms in global supply chains. In the field of customs, transparent and efficient border procedures may both stimulate trade and curb corruption. A common understanding has been achieved among different stakeholders whereby trade facilitation and effective controls against corruption both warrant simplified administrative procedures in customs.


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