Belarusian Economic Research and Outreach Center
 Arevik Mkrtchyan, Hinnerk Gnutzmann

FREE Policy Brief: Trade Preferences Removal – The Case of Belarus

How does the removal of trade preferences influence the exports of the affected country? We study this question on the example of Belarus’ loss of trade preferences granted by the EU to developing countries. Our brief argues that trade preferences are most important for simple non-manufactured goods. As a result, removal of trade preferences should increase the manufactured goods in the export structure. Indeed, the overall complexity of Belarusian exports was not harmed by the removal of EU preferences and the manufactured exports increased relative to non-manufactured exports.