Central America Splits EU Beef Quota in Equal Parts

Central America’s beef industry has distributed the quota of meat that can be sent tariff-free to the European Union equally among all countries.

Monday, July 5, 2010

The Central American Federation of the Beef Industry, meeting in Guatemala, established that each country will be allowed to ship 1,583 tons per year.

El Salvador and Guatemala do not have a large meat industry, and as such they will have to prove they are able to handle the quota. If they don’t, their share could go to Costa Rica, reported Nacion.com.

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