Azara Blog: EU loses latest round in WTO banana ruling

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Date published: 2008/04/08

The BBC says:

European Union import duties on bananas flout global trade rules, the World Trade Organization (WTO) has ruled.

The WTO case was brought by Ecuador, which, along with other Latin American countries, claims the EU favours Caribbean and African producers.
The EU has been accused of giving preferential treatment to its members' ex-colonies in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific region.

EU officials have been working furiously to hammer out new trade deals with about 80 countries in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP) to end special trade relationships that have been in place since the 1950s.

These allowed a range of products, including banana crops from ACP states, to enter the EU with no duty to pay, while Latin America exports were charged.

The EU is clearly in the wrong. These preferential trade relationships are just the tail end of European colonialism. (Spanish colonialism in Latin America presumably did not result in any special deals because Spain entered the EU too late in the game.)

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