Does European aflatoxin regulation hurt groundnut exporters from Africa?

Bo Xiong, John Beghin

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We provide an ex post econometric examination of the harmonisarion and tightening of the EU maximum residue limit (MRL) on aflatoxins in 2002, and its impact on African exports of groundnut products. We find no evidence of the EU MRL having a significant negative trade impact on these groundnut exports from Africa across various methods of estimation. African domestic supply plays an important role in the determination of the volumes of trade and the propensity to trade. Our findings suggest that the trade potential of African groundnut exporters is more constrained by domestic supply issues rather than by Umited market access.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationNontariff Measures and International Trade
PublisherWorld Scientific Publishing Co. Pte Ltd
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9789813144415
ISBN (Print)9789813144408
StatePublished - Nov 28 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Aflatoxin
  • Africa
  • EU
  • Groundnut
  • Market access

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)


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