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Barriers to Generating International Income: Evidence from the Business Operations Survey

4  Barriers to overseas income generation

This section examines commonalities and differences in reported barriers across past, current, and potential future exporters. We focus first on the extensive margin, considering motivations for overseas engagement and perceived barriers among firms with no overseas income. We then examine reported barriers among current exporters (that is, those factors that firms find challenging and that may affect the extent or profitability of their operations, but that do not represent a binding constraint on their ability to export). We then report reasons given for complete or partial exit from previous activities. That is, we try to provide some indication of the main reasons for the initial decision of whether to export and the decision to stop exporting as well as barriers reported by continuing exporters.

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