Is there policy space to protect south african agriculture?

Sandrey R. ; Karaan M. ; Vink N. (2008)


The aim of this paper is to assess the amount of "policy space" available to increase tariff protection in South African agriculture. To this end, formal definitions for agricultural produce, actual import data, applied tariff data and bound tariff rates and tariff quota information were used to investigate the extent to which it is possible and feasible to increase tariffs. The analysis shows that in general the policy space available to South African agriculture is limited because of, among others, WTO binding and treaty obligations under the EU and SADC agreements. Furthermore, it does not make policy sense to increase protection on most other products. © 2008 The Authors. Journal compilation © 2008 The Economic Society of South Africa.

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