Discussion Papers

No.642 Effects of Standards on Tea Exports from Developing Countries: Comparison of China and Sri Lanka

by Lei LEI

April 2017


Food safety standards have become stricter and are currently major barriers in the international agri-food trade. These standards negatively affect developing countries exports to markets in developed countries. We use tea exports from two major tea exporting developing countries, China and Sri Lanka, as an example to discuss the effects of standards on their tea supply chains. China and Sri Lanka share some similar characteristics in tea production and exports. First, we conduct a general comparison between the two countries' tea exports based on port rejection data from UNIDO, and then we provide a detailed supply chain analysis. Finally, we summarize our work and discuss the policy implications.

Keywords: Standards, Tea, Exports, Supply Chain
JEL classification: O10, Q13, Q17

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