At a time when more commentators are becoming cautiously optimistic about the prospects for 2010, this Report from Global Trade Alert presents the latest data on the protectionist dynamics at work since the first G20 crisis-related Summit in November 2008 and highlights the many anti-trade measures that are in the pipeline. Drawing upon a rich evidential base of over 600 completed investigations of state measures that could affect foreign commercial interests, the Report's main findings are:
Only 5 jurisdictions have taken measures that affect more than a quarter of all traded products – demonstrating that the across-the-board protectionism seen in the 1930s has not yet been repeated.
In addition to monitoring protectionist developments this Report has a particular focus on developments in the Asia-Pacific region, which contains several export-led powerhouses. Analyses of the impact of the crisis on the trade and commercial priorities of China, India, Japan, and Russia are included in the Report. A novel analysis of the extent to which antidumping practices have changed during the crisis is also presented. Moreover, the long-term impact of protectionism on global supply chains, a central feature of Asian-Pacific trade, received attention too.
Whether interested in "naming and shaming" protectionist governments, in detailed country and sectoral information on beggar-thy-neighbour policies, or in up-to-date analyses of commercial policymaking in leading Asian nations, Global Trade Alert provides a fresh, independent perspective on crisis-era protectionism.
Release date: 7 December 2009