Nontariff Barrier

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DEFINITION of 'Nontariff Barrier'

A form of restrictive trade where barriers to trade are set up and take a form other than a tariff. Nontariff barriers include quotas, levies, embargoes, sanctions and other restrictions, and are frequently used by large and developed economies.

BREAKING DOWN 'Nontariff Barrier'

Nontariff barriers are another way for an economy to control the amount of trade that it conducts with another economy, either for selfish or altruistic purposes. Any barrier to trade will create an economic loss, as it does not allow markets to function properly. The lost revenues resulting from the barrier to trade can be called an economic loss.

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