Barriers to Agricultural Exports from Developing Countries: The Role of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Requirements

Posted: 11 Aug 2001

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Spencer Henson

University of Guelph - Department of Agricultural Economics and Business

Rupert Loader

University of Reading - School of Agriculture, Policy & Development - Department of Agricultural and Food Economics

Abstract

This paper explores the impact of sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures in developed countries on developing country exports of agricultural and food products. It identifies the problems that developing countries face in meeting SPS requirements and how these relate to the nature of SPS measures and the compliance resources available to government and the supply chain. The paper examines the impact of the WTO's SPS Agreement on the extent to which SPS measures impede exports from developing countries. It identifies the problems that limit the participation of developing countries in the SPS Agreement and their concerns about the way in which it currently operates.

Keywords: trade, agricultural, food, nontariff barriers, sanitary and phytosanitary measures

Suggested Citation

Henson, Spencer and Loader, Rupert, Barriers to Agricultural Exports from Developing Countries: The Role of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Requirements. World Development, Vol. 29, No. 1, January 2001 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=252801

Spencer Henson (Contact Author)

University of Guelph - Department of Agricultural Economics and Business ( email )

Guelph, N1G 2W1, Ontario
Canada

Rupert Loader

University of Reading - School of Agriculture, Policy & Development - Department of Agricultural and Food Economics ( email )

Reading, RG6 6AH
United Kingdom

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