EU hinders Brazilian chicken imports
At the Doha talks , EU negotiators proposed the
expansion of existing quotas for Brazilian poultry to just 36,000 mt per year,
which perhaps could be extended to a volume of 100,000 tonnes, or 2.5 % of
Europe's entire domestic consumption.
currently allows free access to only 29,000 mt of Brazilian
chicken and turkey
, representing 0.4 % of European consumption, which totals 11 million mt
Any importation of the product that surpasses the permitted volume is hit
with steep fees and special safeguard measures that, together, impose an
additional €1,450 per mt in tariffs, or the equivalent of 100% of the original
selling price of the goods involved.
In 2005, Brazil exported nearly 350,000 mt
of poultry meats
to the EU, more than 60% of it taxed under extremely high
The EU has changed the rules by moving salted chicken into a higher tax
bracket that also affects unsalted meats, and imposes a fixed tariff of €1,024
per tonne (about 70% of the original selling price for Brazilian poultry shipped
Brazil filed a WTO
case against the EU, which was
judged favourably, forcing the EU to return to previous tariff levels.
The EU did not lower its
tariffs, a decision based on Article 28 of the GATT
, which allows any member to alter these
tariffs, as long as countries hurt by the change are
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