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Preferential Trading Agreements and Agricultural Liberalization in East and Southeast Asia

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  • Gloria O. Pasadilla

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The paper analyzes how various preferential trading arrangements deal with agriculture liberalization and examines a few case studies highlighting the provisions on agriculture. It assesses the effect of preferential trade agreements on agriculture trade flows in the case of ASEAN. It finds that while the tariff reduction on all goods, including agriculture, in ASEAN provides a marked advantage from the MFN tariff rates, intra-ASEAN agriculture trade have not been all that significant. Most of the growth in the intra-ASEAN trade had come from trade in industry; and if total agriculture trade had expanded, much of it was due to trade outside the region. The paper argues that AFTA, by original design, had not really been made to boost intra-regional agriculture trade, but rather to facilitate the inter-industry trade arising out of the vertically integrated network of manufacturing transnational corporations.

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Paper provided by East Asian Bureau of Economic Research in its series Development Economics Working Papers with number 22678.

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Date of creation: Jan 2006
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Handle: RePEc:eab:develo:22678

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Keywords: Regional trade liberalization; preferential trading arrangements; FTA; tariffs; relative tariff ratios; ASEAN; AFTA; agriculture;

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  1. David, Cristina C. & Intal, Ponciano & Balisacan, Arsenio M., 2007. "Distortions to Agricultural Incentives in the Philippines," Agricultural Distortions Working Paper 48477, World Bank.
  2. Liao, Christine Marie & Pasadilla, Gloria O., 2007. "Market Access Limitations of the Philippines in the EU Market," Discussion Papers DP 2007-15, Philippine Institute for Development Studies.
  3. repec:phd:rpseri:rps_2007-01 is not listed on IDEAS
  4. Shunli Yao, 2007. "Chinese agricultural reform, the World Trade Organization and preferential trade negotiations," STUDIES IN TRADE AND INVESTMENT, in: Studies in Trade and Investment - AGRICULTURAL TRADE - PLANTING THE SEEDS OF REGIONAL LIBERALIZATION IN ASIA, volume 60, pages 187-210 United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).
  5. Rina Oktaviani & Eka Puspitawati & Haryadi, 2008. "Impacts of ASEAN Agricultural Trade Liberalization on ASEAN-6 Economies and Income Distribution in Indonesia," Working Papers 5108, Asia-Pacific Research and Training Network on Trade (ARTNeT), an initiative of UNESCAP and IDRC, Canada..
  6. Pasadilla, Gloria O. & Liao, Christine Marie, 1. "Non-Tariff Measures Faced by Philippine Agricultural Exports in East Asia," Asian Journal of Agriculture and Development, Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), vol. 3(1).
  7. Ray Trewin, 2007. "Resource-based Industry and Development of the AANZFTA," International and Development Economics Working Papers idec07-03, International and Development Economics.

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