EU makes small concession on banana tariffs

Europe could make an intial reduction on its tariffs on bananas by 28 euros per ton, reducing it to 114 euros per ton by 2016. The concession was made by the head of the World Trade Organization Pascal Lamy, a Frenchman, as part of an effort to revive the moribund Doha Round of trade talks in Brussels last weekend.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Some hailed the concession as a major advance, but the most important banana exporters, the African, Caribbean and Pacific trade group (ACP) had evidently been looking for something better.
The European banana tariff is complex and the current import duty stands at 176 euros per ton.
Still, some observers say the agreement, signed Saturday, could breathe new life into the stalled talks, even though some ACP members are clearly uncomfortable with it.

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