Panama: Coffee Plantations Seek Rules of Origin

Planation owners will present a formal request to the Ministry for Trade to obtain the first rules of origin for Panamanian coffee grains.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Rules of origin provide guarantees of quality and specific geographical origin to consumers.

"Panama is committed to the EU to providing rules of origin for the country's coffee thereby adding value to the grain, comments Francisco Serracín, the project's manager on behalf of an association of Panamanian coffee producers and exporters," reports

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