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Agricultural Trade Between the Philippines and the US : Status, Issues and Prospects

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  • Liborio S. Cabanilla

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    The paper describes the environment under which RP-US Agricultural trade currently operates. It also highlights key issues affecting current trade flows between the Philippines and the US, and provides background information vital for future bilateral agricultural negotiations with the U.S. Further to this, it shows that two major factors will determine the prospective net effects of a RP-US FTA on Philippine agriculture. First, the effects on exports will depend on the extent of US reduction of NTBs, particularly on mangoes, carrageenan, and canned tuna. Second, Philippine imports from the US will depend on its willingness to reconsider position, particularly on rice and corn. On this count, it must be noted that rice is an important wage good, and corn is a key livestock feed ingredient. Moreover, the advent of an FTA with the US should be a good reason to get Philippine agriculture better organized, in terms of policy and institutional support.

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    Paper provided by East Asian Bureau of Economic Research in its series Development Economics Working Papers with number 22620.

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    Date of creation: Jan 2006
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    Handle: RePEc:eab:develo:22620

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    Keywords: Agricultural Trade; US Agriculture support programs; Domestic Support Programs; non-tariff barriers; liberalization; border controls; Market Access;

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    1. Ozden, Caglar & Reinhardt, Eric, 2005. "The perversity of preferences: GSP and developing country trade policies, 1976-2000," Journal of Development Economics, Elsevier, vol. 78(1), pages 1-21, October.
    2. Westcott, Paul C., 2003. "Perspectives On Impacts Of The 2002 U.S. Farm Act," Farm Policy Development and Policy Tensions under NAFTA; Proceedings of the 9th Agricultural and Food Policy Systems Information Workshop - 2003 16816, Farm Foundation, Agricultural and Food Policy Systems Information Workshops.
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