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Submitted by Carla on

Great post! Made me think of an interesting paper by IFPRI on a way to measure the regulatory gaps between exporting and importing countries when a particular SPS standard is applied named "Bridge to Cross" (BTC). The researchers modeled this method to SPS regulation relating to aflatoxin contamination in corn, and it seems that the effect of BTC is larger the smaller the exporter is, and thus poorer countries could be more affected by this regulatory gap as the reduction of BTC costs become prohibitive. It made me wonder about these types of initiatives on smaller producers (domestic and foreign) in the Chinese supply chain. the article is here: http://www.ifpri.org/publication/sanitary-and-phytosanitary-standards-bridge-cross
Cheers,
Carla