Exchange Controls

Exchange Controls

Exchange Controls and the GATT Policy Negotiations

In relation to the GATT Policy Negotiations, Christopher Mark (1993) provided the following explanation and/or definition of Exchange Controls: The rationing of foreign currencies and other instruments for settling international financial obligations by a country facing balance of payments difficulties. Exchange controls require importers to apply for prior government authorization to obtain the foreign currency needed to bring in designated amounts and types of goods. Since such measures can easily be manipulated by governments to restrict imports, they are often viewed as nontariff barriers to trade.


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