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The Impact of Preferential Trade Arrangements on EU Imports from Developing Countries: The Case of Fresh Cut Flowers


  • Andrew Muhammad
  • William A. Amponsah
  • Jennifer H. Dennis


This study examines the effects that the Generalized System of Preferences schemes for developing countries (GSP + ) have on European Union (EU) demand for imported cut flowers. Without GSP + , a tariff would be applied to flowers from Colombia and Ecuador. Results show that Colombian carnation prices have a negative effect on EU flower expenditures, resulting in preferential treatment for Colombia being mostly trade-creating. When a tariff is applied to Colombia, imports of Colombian carnations and Kenyan roses fell by 7.3% and 1.9%, respectively, and other flowers from Ecuador and Israel fell by 1.9% and 1.8%, respectively. Total EU flower imports fell by 1.4%. Copyright 2010, Oxford University Press.

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  • Andrew Muhammad & William A. Amponsah & Jennifer H. Dennis, 2010. "The Impact of Preferential Trade Arrangements on EU Imports from Developing Countries: The Case of Fresh Cut Flowers," Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 32(2), pages 254-274.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:apecpp:v:32:y:2010:i:2:p:254-274

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    3. Steen, Marie, 2014. "Measuring Price–Quantity Relationships in the Dutch Flower Market," Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Southern Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 46(02), May.

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