Colombia Increases Fruit Exports to Europe

Between January and October 2014 the South American country exported 18% more fresh fruits to the European Union, as a result of the tariff benefits arising from the agreement.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

From a statement issued by the Costa Rican Foreign Trade Promotion Office (Procomer):

The tariff benefits coming from the Free Trade Agreement between Colombia and the European Union (EU) are promoting new exports, said ProColombia.

Products such as Cape gooseberry, gulupa, avocado and passion fruit-considered exotic species- are boosting exports of fresh fruits from Colombia to European destinations, mainly Germany and the Netherlands.

Colombian exports of fresh fruit to the EU increased by 18% between January and October 2014 compared with the same period in 2013, after promotion of the market for organic and fair trade goods.

According to the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism of the South American country, based on data released by the National Administrative Department of Statistics (DANE) shipments of fruit to the EU in the first ten months of 2014 amounted to a total of $46 million, which is $7 million more than the previous year.

ProColombia stressed that the tariff benefits between the two markets are an advantage.It noted that thanks to the current trade agreement, in place since August 2013, the products enter duty free, where previously in many cases they incurred up to 17.6%.

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