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Regional Trade Agreements - Treatment of Agriculture

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  • Linda Fulponi
  • Matthew Shearer
  • Juliana Almeida
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    This study develops earlier OECD work on the treatment of agriculture in regional trade agreements for Latin America by extending the geographic coverage to Asia-Pacific and selected agreements in Africa. It covers over 50 regional trade agreements with respect to market access, subsidies, trade remedies, and requirements relating to sanitary & phytosanitary measures (SPS) and technical barriers to trade (TBT). These are compared to the requirements of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in order to assess whether they provide for greater market access. Most of the agreements studied show substantial progress with respect to tariff elimination in conformity with Article XXIV of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT). Agricultural export subsidies are banned in over half the agreements, signalling greater trade liberalisation. However, there is much less progress made in the areas of SPS and TBT.

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    Paper provided by OECD Publishing in its series OECD Food, Agriculture and Fisheries Papers with number 44.

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    Date of creation: 31 Mar 2011
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    Handle: RePEc:oec:agraaa:44-en

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    Keywords: regional trade agreements; tariff elimination; Article XXIV GATT; free trade agreements; SPS measures;

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    1. Jason H. Grant, 2013. "Is the growth of regionalism as significant as the headlines suggest? Lessons from agricultural trade," Agricultural Economics, International Association of Agricultural Economists, vol. 44(1), pages 93-109, 01.

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