EU and Brazil agree on new trade rules
The European Commission and Brazil have agreed on a
new regime for imports of salted poultry meat, turkey meat and cooked chicken
meat into the EU.
The agreement modifies the current bound tariff rate concessions for these
three items, preempting the creation of three new tariff rate quotas.
"I am very pleased with the outcome of these negotiations, which ensures
that our interests are safeguarded while at the same time successfully
completing the necessary changes to our bound duties for poultry meat in
accordance with WTO
said Mariann Fischer Boel, EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural
For salted poultry meat, currently subject to a bound tariff rate of 15.4%
with no volume restrictions, the new concession will provide for a total ceiling
of 264,245 tons imported at the same bound rate of 15.4% ad valorem. For greater
quantities, the out-of-quota rate will be €1,300/ton. The allocation for Brazil
With regard to preparations of turkey meat, at present subject to a bound
rate of 8.5% with no restrictions on imported quantities, the new schedule will
provide for a ceiling of 103,896 tons imported under the same current bound rate
of 8.5% ad valorem. The out-of-quota rate will be €1,024/ton. The quantity
allocated to Brazil will be 92,300 tons.
For the third product, cooked chicken meat, currently subject to a bound
tariff rate of 10.9%, the concession will provide for a total tariff quota of
230,453 tons imported under the same tariff of 10.9% ad valorem. The
out-of-quota rate will be €1,024/ton. The volume attributed to Brazil will be
notified to the WTO
on 15 June 2006 its intention to modify the concessions contained in the EC
Schedule for three poultry lines.
The Commission conducted negotiations with WTO Members having negotiating
rights: Brazil, for salted poultry meat, turkey meat and cooked chicken meat and
Thailand, for salted poultry meat and cooked chicken meat. Negotiations with
Thailand are not yet concluded.
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