An empirical assessment of the impact of technical standards on the export of meat in Nigeria

Queeneth Odichi Ekeocha
Research Associate
African Heritage Institution
Enugu, Nigeria
E-mail: queenethfavour@gmail.com

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Ekeocha, Q. O. (2018). An empirical assessment of the impact of technical standards on the export of meat in Nigeria. Asian International Journal of Social Sciences, 17(4), 111 – 141. https://doi.org/10.29139/aijss.20170406

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Abstract: The study is an assessment of the impact of technical standards on meat export in Nigeria. Several literatures were reviewed in relation to meat standards, issues associated with standards compliance, the effects of SPS standards on food exports in developing countries, causes of non-export of meat in Nigeria, amongst others. A survey method was used and a cross tabulation analysis was made to ascertain the relationship among various variables and how significant they were in relation to food product standards. The findings of the study among others include- sanitary conditions for meat processing is a significant factor for meat export; standards compliance is a step in the right direction towards agricultural export diversification, food standard compliance can create market access for meat exports, etc. The study concluded that technical standard is very significant to meat exports in Nigeria. Therefore, the study recommends among others that the government should invest in the productive capacity of SPS requirements for meat export, standard abattoirs should be built and maintained, policymakers should re-think flexible export diversification policy that could attract foreign investor and meat companies in Nigeria.

Keywords:  diversification, developing countries, non-tariff measure, sanitary and phyto-sanitary standards, trade facilitation

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