Guatemala abolishes import tariffs on basic foods to help the poor

Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom announced the abolition of import tariffs on basic foods to help the poor.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Colom said the country was opening up its markets in order to benefit those worst hit by constant rises in world food and fuel prices.
The new measures abolish US$3.38 million of tariffs on powered milk, eggs, flour, vegetable, oil, chicken rice and fertilizer.

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