TRADE POLICY REFORMS IN MEAT SUPPLY CHAINS: INTERACTIONS AMONG TARIFF REDUCTIONS ON FEEDSTUFFS AND FINAL OUTPUTS
Grains and oilseeds can be important inputs to livestock production systems. Tariffs on the imports of such inputs can impose additional costs on the livestock system, that may or may not be countered through tariffs levied on meat imports. Effective rates of protection indicate the net effect of such tariff protection on meat production in a number of countries and regions. It has been proposed to the current WTO agricultural trade negotiations that sectoral liberalisation be pursued, to remove tariffs within specific sectors such as grains or oilseeds. Such reforms may further distort global meat markets, due to the resulting increases in effective protection. A general equilibrium model illustrates such impacts. It is demonstrated that removal of all tariffs on coarse grains and oilseeds would have only minor negative impacts on global meat trade volumes and prices, although impacts at the country level vary. However, if all other agricultural and food tariffs are reduced, in addition to the removal of grains and oilseeds tariffs, national and global welfare is considerably enhanced.
Rae, A.N. (2001). TRADE POLICY REFORMS IN MEAT SUPPLY CHAINS: INTERACTIONS AMONG TARIFF REDUCTIONS ON FEEDSTUFFS AND FINAL OUTPUTS. Acta Hortic. 566, 513-519
grains and meats, tariff reductions, general equilibrium modelling, policy interactions.