Oman’s Fish Exports to the EU: Do SPS Measures Matter?

Oman - 11 August 2017

Oman’s fish exports to the EU have been experiencing a declining trend since mid-2000s. This paper investigates whether the SPS measures adopted by the EU affect Oman’s fish exports to European markets. The results obtained from the dynamic unbalanced panel data model for the period 2000-2013 indicate that fish exports to the selected EU markets have been influenced by the domestic ban on export, structural change, and exchange rate fluctuations rather than by SPS measures. These findings provide important signal to policy makers of the respective countries in designing adaptive policy approach to address such external influences.