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"Sanitary, Phytosanitary and Technical Measures in Agri‐food Trade"
by Sofia Boza

The purpose of sanitary, phytosanitary and technical requirements for traded products is to address perceived market failures such as information asymmetries and negative externalities, especially in the agri-food sector. However, they may also involve higher production costs, potentially preventing trade. In order to mitigate this negative impact of technical, sanitary and phytosanitary requirements on import/export flows, the WTO fostered the signature of international agreements on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS) and on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT). Considering all of the above, the objective of this seminar is to address the following questions: • Which are the main principles within the SPS/TBT Agreements? • What participation have different countries had in the WTO SPS/TBT mechanisms (notifications, Specific Trade Concerns and disputes)? Has it been in relation to their economic level? • What does recent research say about the impact of SPS/TBT on agricultural markets? The seminar will also include the methodology and first results of the research project “Assessing the impact of sanitary, phytosanitary and technical requirements on Chilean food and agricultural trade”.

Date/Time: 4/16/2014   12:15 PM - 01:30 PM
Location: KRAN 661