Externalities and Agricultural Import Bans: Evaluating Regionalization Measures in Light of the Russia – Pigs Dispute

29 Pages Posted: 14 Dec 2018

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Emily J. Blanchard

Dartmouth College - Tuck School of Business

Mark Wu

Harvard Law School

Date Written: December 2018

Abstract

Article 6 of the SPS Agreement presents a series of interlinked obligations for importing and exporting countries of diseased agricultural products. The Russia – Pigs dispute raises the question of when an importing country is justified in imposing a ban on products from exporting countries unaffected by the disease, on the basis of the fact that the country is part of the same customs union as another country inflicted with the disease. This Article contends that four distinct classes of cross-border and cross-product externalities ought to play in an important role when assessing this question in the future. It discusses the possible roles to be played by bilateral, sequential, pass-through, and supply chain externalities in propagating the transmission of agricultural disease across borders through trade.

Keywords: Externalities, Dispute Settlement, SPS, African Swine Flu, Agricultural Disease

Suggested Citation

Blanchard, Emily J. and Wu, Mark, Externalities and Agricultural Import Bans: Evaluating Regionalization Measures in Light of the Russia – Pigs Dispute (December 2018). Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies Research Paper No. RSCAS 2018/60; Tuck School of Business Working Paper No. 3301269. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3301269 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3301269

Emily J. Blanchard (Contact Author)

Dartmouth College - Tuck School of Business ( email )

Hanover, NH 03755
United States

Mark Wu

Harvard Law School ( email )

Griswold Hall Room 302
1525 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

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