The unintended consequence of an export ban : evidence from Benin's shrimp sectorThe unintended consequence of an export ban : evidence from Benin's shrimp sector
Institute of Development Policy and Management
Development processes, actors and policies
Antwerp :IOB, 2013[*]2013
IOB working paper / University of Antwerp, Institute of Development Policy and Management ; 2013:11
University of Antwerp
The inability of Benin to comply with EU standards led to a ban on its shrimp exports. The ban had a negative impact on the exporting firms, the fishmongers and the artisanal fishermen, even several years after it was lifted. Exports did not revive because local and international institutions failed to resolve the sectors increased perceived riskiness and its inadequate financial and technical resources. For the fishermen, the impact of the ban persisted because they were locked in the fishery sector, and the local shrimp demand could not fully compensate for the loss of the EU market.