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Everything is on the Table: Agriculture in the Canada-EU Trade Agreement


  • Viju, Crina
  • Kerr, William A.
  • Mekkaoui, Cherine


Most observers agree that the major areas where gains can be made in CETA are in the services sector and selected areas of manufacturing. It seems unlikely that CETA will be as all encompassing as the NAFTA with only a few agricultural products excluded from full tariff elimination. Still, it sends a bad signal if some trade liberalization is not achieved in agriculture and with a long implementation period no reason not to make progress. The major gains in agriculture are likely to be in niche markets which taken individually are small but in aggregate could provide a boost to Canadian agriculture. Most importantly, a trade agreement with the potential to open a rich market with 500 million consumers to the wide range of products and services exported by Canada cannot afford to be hijacked by challenging negotiations in agriculture.
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  • Viju, Crina & Kerr, William A. & Mekkaoui, Cherine, 2011. "Everything is on the Table: Agriculture in the Canada-EU Trade Agreement," Trade Policy Briefs 102304, Canadian Agricultural Trade Policy Research Network.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:catptp:102304
    DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.102304

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    1. Baddeley, Shane & Cheng, Peter & Wolfe, Robert, 2011. "Trade Policy Implications of Carbon Labels on Food," Commissioned Papers 122740, Canadian Agricultural Trade Policy Research Network.
    2. Viju, Crina & Yeung, May T. & Kerr, William A., 2012. "Geograpical Indications, Barriers to Market Access and Preferential Trade Agreements," Trade Policy Briefs 122743, Canadian Agricultural Trade Policy Research Network.
    3. Kerr, William A., 2011. "The Preference for New Preferential Trade Agreements: Does It Lead to a Good Use of Scarce Resources?," Estey Centre Journal of International Law and Trade Policy, Estey Centre for Law and Economics in International Trade, vol. 12(1), pages 1-11, January.
    4. Prud'homme, Dan, 2011. "An SIA analysis of the Investment Chapter in the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA)," MPRA Paper 44014, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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