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Trade policy briefs

Trade Policy Briefs provide a succinct overview of key trade policy questions addressed in recent FAO studies with the view to broaden the understanding on such issues, especially in the context of the WTO negotiations on agriculture.

This brief discusses the application of voluntary sustainability standards in agriculture, fisheries and forestry trade. 

A discussion on the growing importance of regional trade agreements (RTAs) and the trends in the treatment of agriculture in RTAs.

This brief discusses trade in fish and fishery products, in particular, trends in import and export, subsidies, tariff and non-tariff measures.

27. Agricultural export restrictions

This brief explains and explores the rationale and options for strengthening disciplines on export restrictions.

26. Non-tariff measures in agriculture trade

This brief analyses the impact that non-tariff measures (NTMs) have on agri-food products and the disciplines on NTMs in the multilateral trading system.

25. Evolution of import tariffs and the issue of tariff escalation

This brief provides an overview of the evolution in bound and applied tariffs with a focus on tariff escalation.

24. Trade and food standards 

Based on a joint FAO-WTO publication, this brief emphasizes the importance of applying international food safety standards, and the need for countries to invest in building their own capacity in this regard. This would allow trade to take place smoothly and without distortions.

23. The changing patterns of agricultural trade

This brief describes trends in agri-food trade globally and by country income group with a focus on trade patterns of low-income countries.

22. Agricultural markets: trends and outlook

This brief discusses the major trends and prospects in agricultural production, consumption, trade and prices based on the OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2017-2026.

See also: Trade Policy Technical Notes which provide a more detailed discussion of the analytical approaches taken in these studies and provide suggestions for further work required to fill identified gaps in empirical work