Trade costs and the role of international trade intermediaries

Bernardo S. Blum, Sebastian Claro, Ignatius J. Horstmann

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As tariffs have become less important in shaping trade patterns, researchers have begun to study the impact that other trade costs have on trading behavior. In this chapter, the authors detail research on the role that export and import intermediaries play in reducing the costs both of acquiring and consolidating the products of domestic producers for export to foreign markets and of matching the imported products of foreign producers with domestic customers. They present the current state of knowledge on these intermediaries and suggest avenues of future research on the market imperfections that generate intermediaries and their policy implications.
Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationHandbook of International Trade and Transportation
EditorsBruce Blonigen, Wesley Wilson
Place of PublicationCheltenham, UK
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing Ltd.
Number of pages31
ISBN (Electronic)9781785366154
ISBN (Print)9781785366147
StatePublished - 2018

Publication series

NameHandbook of International Trade and Transportation


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