Does Trade Facilitation Really Matter for the Growth of MSMEs' Export? The ASEAN Case
Tulus Tambunan, Fachru Nofrian

With the implementation of the ASEAN Free Trade Area (AFTA) in 1993 and the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) in late 2015, all countries in Southeast Asia continue to improve their trade facilitation (TF) with the expectation that their exports, including of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), will grow. However, literature with empirical evidence on the relative importance of TF on export performance of MSMEs in the region is hard to find. This study, despite some data constraint, tries to fill this gap. It is found that although TF is important, it is not the most decisive one. O

Full Text: PDF ther factors such as foreign market access and MSMEs' ability to export are also crucial. This study also notes a need for further research on this issue.     DOI: 10.15640/jsbed.v5n2a3