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Technical trade barriers in US|Europe agricultural trade


  • Silvia Weyerbrock

    (Department of Food and Resource Economics, Delaware Agricultural Experiment Station, 233 Townsend Hall, University of Delaware, Newark, DE 19717-1303)

  • Tian Xia

    (Department of Food and Resource Economics, Delaware Agricultural Experiment Station, 233 Townsend Hall, University of Delaware, Newark, DE 19717-1303)


Technical barriers strongly affect US|European agricultural and food trade. A 1996 USDA survey identifies 57 questionable European regulations affecting US agricultural exports with an estimated trade impact of $899.55 million. This article identifies European and US technical regulations that impede bilateral trade. The article provides a background for case studies and draws conclusions regarding the future role of technical barriers. We expect that technical barriers in US|Europe trade will proliferate in the future because of changes in trade rules, higher demand for food safety and various food quality attributes, and EU membership of Eastern European countries. © 2000 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

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  • Silvia Weyerbrock & Tian Xia, 2000. "Technical trade barriers in US|Europe agricultural trade," Agribusiness, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 16(2), pages 235-251.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:agribz:v:16:y:2000:i:2:p:235-251
    DOI: 10.1002/(SICI)1520-6297(200021)16:2<235::AID-AGR7>3.0.CO;2-N

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