Panamanian Agricultural Exporters Request Adjustment of Euro-Certificates

The union of non-traditional agricultural exporters (Gantrap) indicated that the Euro-Certificate regulation does not guarantee a total refund.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Francisco Antúnez, Gantrap representative told "Currently, the Euro-Certificate is paid based on the tax of the sale price in the international market, and it should be based on the actual value that is charged and documented on the receipt that is issued by the European Economic Community (EEC)...there could be an incorrect refund on a receipt done by the exporter when what is taken into account is what the EEC charges. Regarding this issue, there are different systems in Spain, England and Holland."

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