An import quota is a type of "protectionist "trade restriction that sets a physical limit on the quantity of a good that can be "imported into a country in a given period of time.
Quotas, like other trade restrictions, are typically used to benefit the producers of a good at the expense of consumers in that economy. Quotas are considered to be less economically efficient than "tariffs, which in turn are less economically efficient than "free trade.["citation needed]
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