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Trade and Agricultural Disease: Import Restrictions in the Wake of the India–Agricultural Products Dispute

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  • SAGGI, KAMAL
  • WU, MARK

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Trade in agricultural products raises sensitivities, particularly when imports originate from a trading partner experiencing an outbreak of some type of agricultural disease. In this article, we explain why despite the negative externalities associated with diseased imports, an importing country is generally not permitted to ban such imports outright under WTO law. Rather, it is allowed to do so only under specific circumstances. We also highlight how the recent India–Agricultural Products ruling contributes to the jurisprudence of two issues concerning the SPS Agreement: the interpretation of international standards, and the relationship between the risk assessment and scientific evidence requirements.

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  • Saggi, Kamal & Wu, Mark, 2017. "Trade and Agricultural Disease: Import Restrictions in the Wake of the India–Agricultural Products Dispute," World Trade Review, Cambridge University Press, vol. 16(2), pages 279-302, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:cup:wotrrv:v:16:y:2017:i:02:p:279-302_00
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    1. Emily Blanchard & Mark Wu, 2018. "Externalities and Agricultural Import Bans: Evaluating Regionalization Measures in Light of the Russia – Pigs Dispute," RSCAS Working Papers 2018/60, European University Institute.

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