Banana importer Inter Weichert has appealed against a multimillion-euro EC fine for rigging banana prices in 2000-2002.

The company, which has lodged the appeal with the European Court of First Instance, claimed the Commission’s decision was based on errors of law and fact.

Weichert, which was found guilty in October along with Chiquita and Dole, claimed it had always fully complied with applicable laws and regulations and that “it never showed any behaviour that may have violated legislation related to cartels and restrictive practices.”