Discussion Papers

No.570 Japanese Import Survey: Descriptive Analysis

by Kaoru Nabeshima and Etsuyo Michida

March 2016


Food importers, such as wholesalers and food processing firms, play an important role in sourcing food from abroad. They are also responsible for ensuring that imported food meets the food safety standards of the importing country. Often, assurance of conformity is done in collaboration with exporters. Thus, importers can influence how supply chains in developing countries are organized. This paper uses a unique dataset obtained from the Japanese market to examine how importers select suppliers and assure food quality.

Keywords: Food Standards Compliance, Importer, Supply Chain
JEL classification: D22, O12

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