Is anyone aware of statistics about the total volume of trade that happens under regional trade agreements (RTAs)? It's easy to find figures for the number of agreements, but not so easy for their cumulative impact.

  • $\begingroup$ For which period are you looking for? For recent years you can compute them based on trade data and information on RTAs. $\endgroup$ – emeryville Nov 12 '17 at 13:58
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    $\begingroup$ @emeryville: I'm not sure it's that simple because RTAs are do not necessarily cover all commerce between countries. So even if I know X exports to Y $E in total, and I know X and Y are part of a RTA, the RTA may exclude (or specifically only include) certain products. I think agricultural products are commonly excluded in most RTAs, for example. $\endgroup$ – Fizz Nov 12 '17 at 14:02
  • $\begingroup$ Nothing prevents you using disaggregated trade data $\endgroup$ – emeryville Nov 12 '17 at 14:26
  • $\begingroup$ @emeryville You might be surprised at how much international trade that would qualify to use an RTA, doesn't. Also the complexity of mapping bilateral trade flows to 6- or 8-digit HS lines for each of the hundreds of RTAs in effect is... left as an exercise for the reader. $\endgroup$ – Dan Apr 24 '18 at 17:55

What you're looking for is called "utilization rate" and I believe a government agency in most countries should have this information. Here's one example: https://english.bdi.eu/article/news/the-preference-utilization-rate-of-eu-free-trade-agreements/


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