Panama Insists Upon the EU Due to Banana Tariff

The EU lowered the banana tariff from 250 to 176 Euros per metric ton in 2005, which is still considered discriminatory.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

The Minister of Commerce and Industry of Panama, Gisela Alvarez de Porras, made a new appeal to the European Union so that, far from promoting protectionist measures in the exchange of high priority goods for the region, it might promote fair and creative solutions that help resolve, once and for all, the many illegalities that still persist on the current import regime for bananas, which keeps our countries paying fees in excess of 176 Euros per ton.

"Their illegal regimen is imposing a tariff burden of $1billion on Latin American bananas, while bananas from other sources have free access. Throughout our region, revenues, profits and investments are falling, which is further worsened by internal production and marketing problems that we have recently experienced precisely because of the onerous tariff we must pay to access the European market," said Minister Porras.

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