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Do SPS and TBT regulations inhibit Guyana’s Food and Agriculture Exports to CARICOM markets?

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The gravity model framework is employed to test the impact of the
incidence of sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) and technical
regulations (TBT) on exports of food and agriculture products from
Guyana to selected markets within the Caribbean Community
including Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica, Suriname,
Grenada, Dominica and Antigua & Barbuda; as well as the attempt
to coordinate and strengthen agricultural health and food safety
systems through the creation of the Caribbean Agricultural Health
and Food Safety Agency (CAHFSA). The analysis covers ten years,
2005–2014. The results suggest that TBT regulations are generally
trade-reducing while the incidence of SPS regulations enhance
exports. CAHFSA has also had trade-enhancing effects.

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