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Title: Free Trade Agreements : hurdles for small and medium-sized enterprises in Switzerland to use this strategic advantage
Authors : Shalaby, Samy
Advisors / Reviewers : Ursprung, Dominique
Keller, Florian
Extent : 96
Publisher / Ed. Institution : ZHAW Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften
Issue Date: 2017
License (according to publishing contract) : CC BY-NC-ND 4.0: Attribution - Non commercial - No derivatives 4.0 International
Language : English
Subject (DDC) : 380: Communications and transportation
Abstract: The findings of the study illustrate that the main hurdles can be split into internal and external hurdles. Know-how, effort and available resources, structure of the company, costs involved, retrieval of information, feedback and legal security, achieving approved exporter status, dealing with special shipments and experience are defined as the main internal hurdles. Complexity of the matter, the content of the agreements, foreign customs administrations and availability of information are the main external hurdles. In addition, the findings also illustrate that hurdles differ according to the company’s level of involvement in exporting activities, with hurdles experienced when applying for preferential tariff treatments differing from hurdles experienced when trying to attain Approved Exporter status. The findings suggest that overall, hurdles decrease as time and involvement in export activities increases.
Departement: School of Management and Law
Publication type: Master Thesis
DOI : 10.21256/zhaw-2090
Appears in Collections:MSc International Business

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