Conflict looms with Europe over banana tariffs

A conflict is looming over the European Union's decision to impose a tariff of 176 euros per metric ton on bananas imported from Latin America.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

The issue will be on the agenda for talks among trade officials attending next week's summit in Lima of Latin American and European leaders.
Because of commitments to their former colonies in the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries, the Europeans have little room for maneuver.

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