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Trade-distorting SPS and TBT regulations in the EU? A qualitative assessment from the market for live plants and cut flowers

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  • Drogue, Sophie
  • Gozlan, Estelle

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Using specific estimation of ad-valorem equivalents, the paper compares sectors where observed trade flows are significantly lower than predicted flows, with sectors where a SPS/TBT measure is notified in the TRAINS database. Only three sectors are found where a significant negative coefficient matches a notified regulation. Focusing on the market for live plants and cut flowers, the paper provides a description of existing EU import requirements and discusses recent trends in relevant private standards and certification schemes. The trade-restrictiveness of EU and private standards is then assessed based on the results of a survey conducted among exporters of flowers in developing countries.

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Paper provided by TRADEAG - Agricultural Trade Agreements in its series Working Papers with number 7216.

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Date of creation: 2007
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Handle: RePEc:ags:tragwp:7216

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Keywords: SPS; TBT; Private standards; trade in ornamental products; Crop Production/Industries; International Relations/Trade;

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  1. Disdier, Anne-Celia & Fontagne, Lionel & Mimouni, Mondher, 2007. "The Impact of Regulations on Agricultural Trade: Evidence from SPS and TBT Agreements," Working Papers 18869, TRADEAG - Agricultural Trade Agreements.
  2. van Uffelen, Ruud L.M. & de Groot, Nico S.P., 2005. "Floriculture world wide; production, trade and consumption patterns show market opportunities and challenges," Paper Series 29148, Agricultural Economics Research Institute.
  3. Otsuki, Tsunehiro & Wilson, John S. & Sewadeh, Mirvat, 2001. "Saving two in a billion: : quantifying the trade effect of European food safety standards on African exports," Food Policy, Elsevier, vol. 26(5), pages 495-514, October.
  4. Anne-Celia Disdier & Lionel Fontagné & Mondher Mimouni, 2008. "The Impact of Regulations on Agricultural Trade: Evidence from SPS and TBT Agreements," Working Papers 244269, Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, France.
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