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Thursday, 26 July 2012

Tariff removal under EPA may have adverse effects in the Caribbean

With the prospective closure of a copy paper manufacturer in a Caribbean country, Sir Ronald Sanders, consultant and former Caribbean diplomat, raised awareness of the possible and lasting effects of the EPAs. The removal of tariffs on certain products from the EU, which was one of the commitments made by the national government of the Caribbean country under the EPA signed in 2008, appears to be having negative effects on some sectors, such as the paper sector.
“What is alarming about this development is that the local copy paper manufacturer was unaware of the commitment of his government that will materially affect his business and probably put 300 persons out of work.  According to the manufacturer, when he contacted the relevant government ministry, he was informed that the removal of the tariff on EU copy paper was a ‘mistake’”, explains the author.
This Caribbean country is one of only six that have actually implemented tariff cuts on EU goods to which they committed under the EPA.  Eight other countries, including Antigua and Barbuda, Jamaica and Suriname, have not done so.

Source: Anguilla news

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