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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.

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How trade is shaping the world today

International trade is the motor of the global economy and despite a recent slowdown, it still represents increasingly large volumes of exchanged goods, services, and financial flows. That is why lack of integrity in the global supply chain, which represents an important non-tariff barrier to trade, significantly hampers economic activity and entails enormous costs for global society as a whole. Thus, targeted anti-corruption measures aimed at protecting the global supply chain do not only produce economic advantages for the private sector, but also for governments and citizens. The objectives of promoting integrity in the global supply chain and of facilitating trade are mutually-reinforcing, as both of them will stimulate international exchanges of goods and services and ensure a more effective distribution of the benefits arising from international trade, thus contributing to sustainable, fair and inclusive economic growth.

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