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Tariffs and other trade costs: assessing obstacles to Mediterranean countries' access to EU-15 fruit and vegetable markets

  • Charlotte Emlinger
  • Florence Jacquet
  • Emmanuelle Chevassus Lozza

This paper evaluates the role of tariffs in the overall trade barriers faced by Mediterranean countries that export fruit and vegetables to the European Union (EU), using a gravity model. With an annual specification, we measure the border effect faced by the Mediterranean countries on entering EU markets and show that trade costs other than transport costs and tariffs seriously hinder exports from Mediterranean countries. A second specification analyses the impact of seasonality on tariff sensitivity. Periods of the year during which liberalisation could have a greater impact on trade are identified. Oxford University Press and Foundation for the European Review of Agricultural Economics 2009; all rights reserved. For permissions, please email journals.permissions@oxfordjournals.org, Oxford University Press.

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Article provided by Foundation for the European Review of Agricultural Economics in its journal European Review of Agricultural Economics.

Volume (Year): 35 (2008)
Issue (Month): 4 (December)
Pages: 409-438

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