Across the Board Tariff Reduction

Across the Board Tariff Reduction

The unilateral decision by a country to reduce the tariffs it imposes on its imports. Tariffs are considered economically inefficient because they make imports less competitive than domestically produced goods, which can result in more expensive products for consumers. Across the board tariff reductions help prevent this; they also may be intended to encourage the country's trade partners to do the same and make the country's exports more competitive abroad. Opponents of across the board tariff reductions, however, argue that the increased competition can drive domestic companies out of business, eliminating jobs.
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In addition, all regions experience beneficial effects in foreign exports resulting from the across the board tariff reduction.
Furthermore, the 25 percent across the board tariff reduction creates a total balance of trade problem in Sumatera when the interregional and foreign balances of trade are combined.
While most countries recognise the benefits of dismantling the remaining barriers to trade, some, notably the least developed countries, are apprehensive as they are faced with an erosion of their preferential access owing to across the board tariff reductions under NAMA.