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Market transparency: Costs of external data reporting by private operators in the EU agri-food supply chain

Abstract: 
Market transparency in the agri-food supply chain has been subject to intensive analysis in scientific literature and has recently been under renewed policy attention in the EU. This report contributes to the discussion on market transparency by presenting findings on estimates by operators in EU agri-food supply chains, of the costs of providing information to a third party in order to comply with a reporting obligation to help improve market transparency. The secondary objective of this report is to analyse potential benefits and risks from increased market transparency, as perceived by operators in the agri-food supply chain. The analyses are based on an online survey and structured interviews conducted among operators in the agri-food supply chain between 23 October 2018 and 5 February 2019.