I'm doing some research here in chilly Hong Kong. I was asking some government officials (who were very open and accommodating)about importation of fish into Hong Kong. They reminded me something I'd known but forgotten: Hong Kong is about the closest thing to a free trade economy in the world. Information on imports is collected from bills of lading; the declared values are probably accurate, because importation is duty-free, and the incentive to underdeclare (to avoid import taxes) is missing. Yep, the surest way to eliminate smuggling is to repeal tariffs and quotas.
Hong Kong has gotten prosperous without a development policy based on protecting domestic industry. It is living proof that rapid economic development is possible within a free trade regime. In fact, it is likely that free trade was one of the pillars of Hong Kong's economic boom. Perhaps its example may inspire some of our unimaginative policymakers that yes, a world without tariffs and quotas is possible, even dare I say, desirable?