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Costs and risks of conforming to EU traceability requirements: the case of hard red spring wheat

  • William W. Wilson

    (Department of Agribusiness & Applied Economics, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND 58105-5636)

  • Xavier Henry

    (Plantureux, Domaine champ clos 04100, Manosque, France)

  • Bruce L. Dahl

    (Department of Agribusiness & Applied Economics, North Dakota State University, P.O. Box 5636, Fargo, ND 58105-5636)

European Union (EU) traceability requirements impose added costs and risks on suppliers. A stochastic simulation model is developed to determine optimal testing strategies and marginal costs to conform to EU traceability requirements for exports of non-genetically modified (non-GM) wheat from the United States. The optimal strategy is chosen to maximize an integrator's utility. Cost components include certified seed, certification and auditing, testing, traceability, quality loss, and a premium for the added risk of a dual traceability system over a single non-traceability system. Adventitious commingling risks are defined stochastically. Results indicate that traceability requirements can be conformed to with reasonable buyer and seller risk at a total cost of $18|non-GM mt. [EconLit Subject Descriptors: C150, C610, D810] © 2008 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

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Article provided by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. in its journal Agribusiness.

Volume (Year): 24 (2008)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 85-101

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Handle: RePEc:wly:agribz:v:24:y:2008:i:1:p:85-101
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