Mercosur: ambitious policies, poor practices

Vol. 24 No. 4 (2004)

Oct-Dec / 2004
Published October 1, 2004

How to Cite

Azevedo, André Filipe Zago de. 2004. “Mercosur: Ambitious Policies, Poor Practices”. Brazilian Journal of Political Economy 24 (4):594-612.

Mercosur: ambitious policies, poor practices

André Filipe Zago de Azevedo
Professor da Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos – UNISINOS, São Leopoldo/RS, Brasil.
Brazilian Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 24 No. 4 (2004), Oct-Dec / 2004, Pages 594-612


Mercosur has achieved important advances like the removal of intra-bloc tariff and non-tariff barriers and the establishment of a common external tariff for most products. However, its ambitious plans to deepen the integration process comprising harmonisation of policies in areas like competition policy, government procurement, technical barriers and phytosanitary measures have not been implemented yet. This paper examines Mercosur policies in relation to tariffs and other non-tariff barriers comparing them with their implementation, in order to examine the extent to which the proposals have actually been fulfilled.

JEL Classification: F13; F15.

Keywords: Regional integration trade policy Mercosur