Will there be peace in the 'Banana Wars'?

The agreement between Europe and Latin America generated optimism, but ACP countries and the U.S. must still be pleased.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Latin America accepted an offer by the European Union to gradually reduce the tariff applied to banana imports from 176 euros per ton to 114 euros in 2017.

This reduction will negatively affect African, Caribbean and Pacific countries (ACP), to whom Europe will compensate with $280 million in development aid. Some ACP countries consider this amount insufficient.



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Under the present system, Europe has a preferential agreement for former colonies of its member nations, but its complex tariff-quota system has come under fire by the World Trade Organization.