Regional Banana exports to receive preferential treatment
European negotiators of the Commercial Agreement of Association confirmed that banana exports from the region to Europe will receive preferential treatment.
Monday, September 29, 2008
Nicola Ardito, a member of the EU negotiating team, said in a statement to a group of Central American reporters that "there will be preferential treatment for banana. I don't know how what percentage, but yes we will be giving preferential treatment."
The poultry and dairy industries of Central America are seeking special or exclusive treatment for imported products in the trade agreement being negotiated with the European Union.
Producers and importers of alcoholic beverages suggested a tariff reduction agreement between EU and CA.
From the 11th to the 13th of February, advancement will be pursued regarding the integration of customs and the duties for bananas and sugar, issues still pending in the negotiations with the EU.
After negotiations to overcome some last minute objections from Nicaragua, Panama has been formally included in the Central American Integration System.
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