Guatemala Concedes Its EU Sugar Quota

Nicaragua and Honduras are allowed to sell 65,000 more metric tons duty-free to the European Union.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The country has given approval for both Nicaragua and Honduras to receive this benefit temporarily, until the trade agreement becomes effective for Guatemala. "The Council of Ministers of Economy and Trade for Central America (Comieco) gave authorization this weekend for each country in the region to be able to make available its quotas at will" reported

"Guatemala is interested in making available its sugar quota with these countries, because at the moment we are not using our share, but it is has also been established by Comieco that if the agreement becomes effective for a country, the remainder can be used up by them," said Maria Luisa Flores, Deputy Minister of Foreign Trade.

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The Salvadoran sugar sector has exported the first 16,000 tonnes of a quota of 25,087 tonnes which corresponds to the country for 2014.

From a press release by the Ministry of Economy (MINEC):

El Salvador has exported 16 thousand tons of bulk sugar thanks to the Association Agreement between Central America and the European Union

Guatemala: EU Agreement Will Be Effective starting December 1st

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The Council of the European Union has approved Guatemala's application to the trade pillar of the Association Agreement with Central America.

From a press release by the Government of Panama:

The Council of the European Union met today at its headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, and confirmed the implementation of the Trade pillar of the Association Agreement between this institution and Guatemala starting December 1st.

Sugar Quotas are Responsibility of Central America

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The European Union will not mediate in the distribution between the Central American countries of the sugar quota of 60,000 tonnes allocated to the region.

"The European Union will only check the total regional quota has been reached and will not intervene in how it is distributed among the five Central American countries.

Export Quotas in the European Agreement

August 2012

A computerized system is being prepared in order to control the volume of exports to Europe by each Central American country, within the provisions of the Partnership Agreement.

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