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Agricultural Tariff Rate Quotas as a Developement Instrument


  • Alan Matthews
  • Cathie Laroche Dupraz


This paper discusses tariff rate quotas (TRQs) as a way of enhancing market access for developing country agricultural exports. Using the EU as a case study, it examines the extent to which developing countries have been able to make use of existing TRQs to gain access to the EU market. Many countries have proposed that TRQs should be increased within the framework of current negotiations on further agricultural trade liberalisation. Some countries have also proposed that TRQs might be administered preferentially to favour some or all developing countries. The economic and legal issues arising from an increase in TRQs are evaluated. It is concluded that MFN tariff reductions should be the principal market access objective of developing countries in the negotiations.

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  • Alan Matthews & Cathie Laroche Dupraz, 2001. "Agricultural Tariff Rate Quotas as a Developement Instrument," Economie Internationale, CEPII research center, issue 87, pages 89-106.
  • Handle: RePEc:cii:cepiei:2001-3qd

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    1. Bouët, Antoine, 2006. "What can the poor expect from trade liberalization?: opening the "black box" of trade modeling," MTID discussion papers 93, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
    2. Alan Matthews & Cathie Laroche-Dupraz, 2005. "Approche graphique du fonctionnement des contingents tarifaires : effets sur laccès au marché dimportation et le bien-être économique des exportateurs," Économie et Prévision, Programme National Persée, vol. 169(3), pages 227-238.
    3. Laroche Dupraz, Catherine & Matthews, Alan, 2007. "A graphical analysis of the functioning of tariff rate quotas: market access and welfare effects for exporting countries," Working Papers 7210, TRADEAG - Agricultural Trade Agreements.
    4. Mönnich, Christina, 2003. "Tariff rate quotas: Does administration matter?," Discussion Papers 16, Justus Liebig University Giessen, Center for international Development and Environmental Research (ZEU).
    5. Oyewumi, Olubukola Ayodeju & Jooste, Andre & Britz, Wolfgang & van Schalkwyk, Herman D., 2007. "Tariff and Tariff Rate Quota Liberalization in the South African Livestock Industry: Approaches to Welfare Measurement," Agrekon, Agricultural Economics Association of South Africa (AEASA), vol. 46(1), March.
    6. Dupraz, Cathie Laroche & Matthews, Alan, 2007. "Agricultural tariff rate quotas implementation in the EU 1997-2002 ; Do developing countries enjoy quota rent?," 106th Seminar, October 25-27, 2007, Montpellier, France 7910, European Association of Agricultural Economists.
    7. Oyewumi, Olubukola Ayodeju, 2005. "Modeling tariff rate quotas in the South African livestock industry," Master's Degree Theses 28064, University of the Free State, Department of Agricultural Economics.
    8. Laroche Dupraz, Catherine & Matthews, Alan, 2007. "Agricultural tariff rate quotas in the EU 1997-2002: Do developing countries enjoy quota rents?," Working Papers 7213, TRADEAG - Agricultural Trade Agreements.

    More about this item


    Tariff Rate Quotas; WTO Agricultural Negotiations; Special and Differential Treatment;

    JEL classification:

    • F13 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade Policy; International Trade Organizations
    • O19 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - International Linkages to Development; Role of International Organizations
    • Q17 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agriculture in International Trade


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