A single, higher tariff on banana imports into Europe could bring Costa Rica’s growers to their knees, it has been claimed.
Romano Orlich, president of Corbana, the Costa Rican banana producers’ organisation, said the tariff would “cripple if not destroy” the industry.
The EU has suggested replacing the existing system of quotas plus a tariff of E75/tonne with a tariff of E230/tonne on imports from Latin America.
The new single tariff is designed to retain some protection for the Caribbean. It is due to come into force on January 1, although an appeal by Latin American nations could delay implementation.