Study of the Consequences of the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Measures on ACP Countries: commissionned by CTA
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Cerrex Ltd. 2003. Study of the Consequences of the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Measures on ACP Countries: commissionned by CTA. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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The Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (the SPS Agreement) came into force in 1995. The EU has always maintained a strong body of legislation related to consumer health and safety in the area of foodstuffs. However, in recent years these SPS measures have increased significantly to the extent that they are regarded as a barrier to imports from ACP countries whose exporters find difficulty in complying with the EU requirements. These difficulties are compounded by the continuing erosion in the level of ACP competitive advantage derived from EU preferences. The study examined what particular EU SPS legislation gives rise to this situation and attempts to identify the channels through which its effects are transmitted, and assesses the impact on ACP country exports and infrastructure and on individual exporters/growers/processors, etc.