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Preferential Trading Arrangements in Agricultural and Food Markets

The Case of the European Union and the United States

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Developing countries are concerned that multilateral tariff reductions will harm their agricultural sectors because of preference erosion. The findings in this report suggest that although this may indeed be a problem for some countries in some sectors, factors other than preferential schemes may be limiting developing country exports. The report provides information on the extent to which developing countries have used selected, non-reciprocal preferential trading schemes provided by the EU and the US. Secondary data are complemented by interviews with market operators further clarifying the empirical findings. A special section has been devoted to the preferences granted to African countries highlighting the conditions for this set of developing countries.

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The Utilisation of European Union Tariff Preferences for Agricultural and Food Products

The EU unilaterally grants a large number of tariff preferences to less developed and developing countries. However, a study of utilisation rates confirm that some non-reciprocal schemes are underutilised because imports qualifying for preferential treatment often take advantage of more favourable quotas or tariff suspensions for certain products under other programmes. Consequently, utilisation rates are generally high when account is taken of all the schemes for which countries are eligible. Ultimately, the problem raised by dual eligibility for preferential treatment is that of harmonisation of the various systems or dilution of the objectives pursued by each.

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