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Trade Facilitation and Non-Energy Exports of Trinidad and Tobago

Hosein, Roger, Gookool, Rebecca, Saridakis, George (2021) Trade Facilitation and Non-Energy Exports of Trinidad and Tobago. Sustainability, 13 (5). Article Number 2870. E-ISSN 2071-1050. (doi:10.3390/su13052870) (KAR id:87012)


The economy of Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) has traditionally depended on its energy sector as a key driver of economic activity. This sector, however, has been shown to be volatile and vulnerable to global economic shocks; this is no more evident than what has been observed during the coronavirus pandemic. Oil prices have, as a result declined significantly, and this has put the economy on a path of compounded economic misfortune. The non-energy trade sector though has traditionally been identified as having more stable export earning potential and as such in adjusting to the economic nuances of the global shock associated with the coronavirus pandemic, there is an opportunity for policy makers to reconsider the role of the non-energy sector. This paper provides an overview of trade facilitation policy considerations to boost the outcomes of the non-energy sector. We find that factors such as language, port infrastructure liner connectivity and customs impact on export performance.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.3390/su13052870
Uncontrolled keywords: trade facilitation; non-energy exports; trade; T&T
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Divisions > Kent Business School - Division > Department of Marketing, Entrepreneurship and International Business
Depositing User: George Saridakis
Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2021 15:34 UTC
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2022 23:11 UTC
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