Central America Requests Greater Access to EU Market

To close the Association Agreement with the European Union, Central American countries request greater market access for agricultural goods.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Regarding banana, Central American countries want to pay a comparable tariff to the one recently agreed in an FTA between the EU and Peru and Colombia.

“Such agreement defined a tariff of 75 euros per ton in 2020, as opposed to 114 euros/ton, price agreed between the EU and Latin American countries at the World Trade Organization”.

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