Central America seeks special treatment for poultry and dairy products

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.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

"Dairy companies have asked for special treatment, and are sticking with their position," said Rigoberto Monge, a member of Central America's negotiating team.
Livestock producers and industrialists of Central America are considering an exclusion since 2007, when they met in El Salvador to consider tariff issues.
They are looking for exclusions, a longer gradual decline in tariffs or other concessions.

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