Thailand and EU agree on quotas, tariffs
Thailand and the EU have agreed on new quotas and
tariffs for Thai poultry imports into the EU, according to the European
The EU said in August that it would introduce quotas for cooked and salted
poultry from Thailand, sparking
protests from Thai producers
who feared they would lose access to one of
their most important export markets.
The quota for Thai cooked poultry was set at 160,033 tonnes a year. Exports
beyond the quota will be subject to a tariff of 1,024 euros per tonne. Exports
within the quota would be charged a tariff of 8 percent.
Friedrich Hamburger, head of the European
delegation to Thailand, said the agreement was a â€œbalanced deal
for both sidesâ€.
â€œThe agreed quota provides a substantial margin for the growth of Thai
cooked poultry exports. Thailand will also benefit from reduced in-quota tariff
rates,â€ he said.
â€œWe could reach 160,000 tonnes under the quota within just a few years,â€ he
For salted poultry, the annual quota was agreed at 92,610 tons, with a
tariff of 1,300 euro/ton charged for exports beyond that. Exports within quota
face a 15.4 percent tariff.
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