CA Achieves Preliminary Agreement on EU Quotas

The private sector, except for rice and tuna, reached a preliminary agreement for the distribution of export quotas to the European Union.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Deputy Minister of Economy of El Salvador, Mario Roger Hernandez, told media that "the sugar, processed mushrooms, frozen and canned sweet corn, cassava starch, beef and plastic products industries are among those who already reached agreements.”

The tuna and rice sectors have not yet achieved an agreement but negotiations are expected to move the next few days.

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