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Title: Trade Facilitation and Supply Chain Management : a case study at the Interface between Business and government.
Author: Grainger, Andrew Geoffrey
ISNI:       0000 0004 2671 1169
Awarding Body: Birkbeck (University of London)
Current Institution: Birkbeck (University of London)
Date of Award: 2007
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Trade facilitation is a concept which considers how procedures and controls governing the movement of goods across national borders can be improved to reduce associated cost burdens and maximise efficiency while safeguarding legitimate regulatory objectives. It has recently received considerable attention in the context of security, trade policy, development and customs modernisation programmes. Yet, very little research has been conducted to examine the complex cross-border environment in which business and government stakeholders interact. This thesis presents a case study of the current UK cross-border environment, introducing trade facilitation as an aspect of supply chain management (SCM). Guided by seven research propositions, its aim is to show that the relationship between business and government can be understood within an extended version of SCM theory. Drawing on interview data collected from representative stakeholders at UK ports, practitioner observations and a survey targeted at UK importers, the thesis offers: a comprehensive trade facilitation review; a detailed analysis of the UK cross-border environment; revealing accounts of operational practices and transaction cost at the UK's borders (ports); and accounts of how trade facilitation is implemented. Although this montage is UK focused, the findings will be recognisable to practitioners in cross-border operations and policy elsewhere. The thesis holds that there are three elements to trade facilitation research. The first takes a systems view that looks at how business and government actors can improve day-to-day operations. The second takes an institutional view, which holds that the regulatory environment, in which cross-border operations take place, can be influenced. The third element considers the interests of actors in shaping the cross-border environment. The thesis offers a timely addition to SCM theory and consideration to the question of how to implement trade facilitation programmes at local, national, regional and international levels.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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