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trade barrier

any regulation or policy that restricts international trade, especially tariffs, quotas, etc. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Why then, with all trade barriers thrown down, should the United States hurt Canada?

    The Major Ralph Connor
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trade barriers definition

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

Note: 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.
The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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