EU makes commitment to provide banana offer

The EU has committed to providing an offer for banana before December.

Monday, October 27, 2008

The European commitment was secured in the fifth round of negotiations for an Agreement of Association between the EU and Central America carried out from October 6 to 10 in Guatemala City, reported the Minister of Comex, Marco Vinicio Ruiz.
The objective of banana negotiations is to reduce the tariff or duty that the EU charges on this fruit which is at 176 euros ($222) per tonne.

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