Lessons for the ACP in the EU-Morocco trade deal
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CTA. 2003. Lessons for the ACP in the EU-Morocco trade deal. Agritrade, December 2003. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Steps have been taken to further liberalise EU-Morocco...
Steps have been taken to further liberalise EU-Morocco agricultural trade in a commitment contained under the 'Barcelona process'. Following the agreement almost all of Moroccan agricultural exports (96%) will gain preferential access to the EU market, although in areas considered sensitive, tariff-rate quotas will apply. This applies both to EU imports from Morocco (such as tomatoes) and Moroccan imports from the EU (such as soft wheat). In exchange, 62% of EU exports to Morocco will be subject to special treatment. Comment: The special arrangements established under this EU-Morocco arrangement are potentially of interest to ACP countries. For example, with regard to soft wheat the market-access arrangements are linked to the level of Moroccan wheat production, with the preferential access granted to the EU being reduced on a linear basis once Moroccan production exceeds 2.1 million tonnes. The preferential access will then decrease from 1,060,000 tonnes down to a minimum of 400,000 tonnes (should Moroccan production exceeds 3 million tonnes). These kinds of special arrangements could be particularly interesting to ACP regional groupings which consist of both cereal exporters and cereal importers (or for that matter sugar exporters and sugar importers).