Sugar is Key Topic in CA and EU Agreement

The EU conditioned increasing sugar quotas on a wide list of benefits for dairy products, passing over ceramics and even services.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

José Orive, Executive Director of Sugar Producers of the Central American Isthmus (AICA, acronym in Spanish) noted that: “Europe continues to be reluctant to change their position.”

Lourdes Quintanilla, writes for Laprensagrafica.com: “The last time that the EU accepted opening its doors to sugar and honey from Central America, negotiators successfully reached a quota of 60,000 tariff-free tons, which had to be shared among five countries. Later, an increase in the quota to 100,000 tariff-free tons was unofficially mentioned as a possibility.

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EU Increases Offer for Sugar

June 2009

The new offer increases the quota for sugar from Central America that can enter the European Union without tariffs to 100,000 tons.

According to La Prensa Gráfica, the president of the Sugar Association of El Salvador, Armando Arias, indicated that "the Minister of the Economy said publicly that he knew–off the record-that the EU might offer up to 100,000 tons to Central America.”

Pending Task For CA: Distribute the Quotas Negotiated With EU

May 2010

The region must now define how to distribute the import and export quotas negotiated with the European Union.

Central America obtained a regional sugar export quota of 162.000 metric tons, and a meat quota of 9.500 metric tons.

“Rice got a tariff-free quota of 20.000 metric tons”, reported Laprensalibre.co.cr.

Central America Allocates Sugar Quotas

July 2010

On Friday 30 July the region will share out the 150,000 ton tariff-free sugar quota granted by the EU.

The meeting will take place in Managua, Nicaragua.

Carlos Melara, general manager of the Honduran Association of Sugar Producers (Apah), indicated that Honduras expects a quota of 25,000 tons.

Central America Allocates Sugar Quotas

August 2010

The region has defined the allocation of 150,000 tons of tariff-free sugar quotas granted by the EU.

The largest allocation went to Guatemala with 65,000 metric tons, followed by El Salvador with 24,391 tons, Nicaragua with 21,681 tons, Honduras and Costa Rica with 19,464 tons each.

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