Coffee farmers stay out of EU negotiations
Central American coffee growers have agreed to stay out of the negotiations for a trade agreement with the European Union.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
The best gain from the tariff removal would be for toasted coffee which only represent 1% of exports.
Next Thursday, Central America and Europe will resume their unfinished negotiations for an Association Agreement between them.
The Coffee Institute of Costa Rica insists that the coffee processed within the free trade region should enter the European Union free of tariffs, provided that the beans were harvested in Central America.
In addition to plastics, the European Union made concessions in chocolate, palm oil, fertilizers and chemicals.
Producers and importers of alcoholic beverages suggested a tariff reduction agreement between EU and CA.
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