trade barrier


any regulation or policy that restricts international trade, especially tariffs, quotas, etc.

Nearby words

  1. trade,
  2. trade acceptance,
  3. trade agreement,
  4. trade association,
  5. trade balance,
  6. trade barriers,
  7. trade bill,
  8. trade book,
  9. trade council,
  10. trade cycle Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Culture definitions for trade barriers

trade barriers

Tariffs, import quotas, customs regulations, and other disincentives meant to discourage international trade.


Trade barriers are usually protectionist; that is, they are erected to protect domestic producers who would not be able to compete successfully with foreign producers in a free market or in free trade.

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