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Agro-Food Preferences in the EU's GSP Scheme: An Analysis of Changes Between 2004 and 2006

  • Federica DeMaria
  • Sophie Drogué
  • Alan Matthews

This article examines the extent to which the 2006 revisions to the EU's Generalised System of Preferences improved market-access opportunities for developing-country agro-food exports. It shows that they resulted in only a slight increase in the percentage preferential margin, but that there has been a significant increase in the value of preferential trade and of the preferential margin enjoyed by exporters. This was accompanied by changes in the ranking of beneficiaries. Countries such as China, Brazil, Argentina, India and South Africa maintained their significant shares of GSP agro-food exports, but other countries such as Thailand and Vietnam have now emerged as major GSP beneficiaries. Copyright (c) The Authors 2008. Journal compilation (c) 2008 Overseas Development Institute..

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Article provided by Overseas Development Institute in its journal Development Policy Review.

Volume (Year): 26 (2008)
Issue (Month): 6 (November)
Pages: 693-712

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Handle: RePEc:bla:devpol:v:26:y:2008:i:6:p:693-712
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