Special safeguards and agricultural trade liberalisation


This study will investigate the incidence of SSGs and issues in the way the provisions are operating. It will look at areas where the existing provisions could be improved to ensure they do not act like a trade restriction and are consistent with the original intentions of a safeguard. It may provide some useful lessons for the design of Special Safeguard Measures (SSMs) for developing countries which are being discussed in the Doha trade negotiations.


National Rural Issues

Research Organisation

D. N. Harris & Associates

Objective Summary

To investigate how special safeguards (SSGs) affect global trade in agricultural products and examine issues related to the protective effect of higher import duties the design of safeguard trigger mechanisms and the implications for market access improvements in the major developed economies.

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Project Start Date

Friday, July 29, 2005

Project Completion Date

Friday, December 14, 2007

Journal Articles From Project

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National Priority

An environmentally sustainable Australia

National Priority

Advanced Technology

National Priority

NRI-National Rural Issues


Related publications


Special Safeguards and Agricultural Trade Liberalisation