Ecuador walks away from trade pact with the U.S.

07/02/2013 10:57:00 AM
Tom Karst

Without the trade preferences given by the U.S., the U.S. tariff on mangoes would rise from zero to 6.6 cents per kilogram if the trade pact is voided. That translate to about 28 cents per carton, Watson said.

Watson said Ecuador has three mango packinghouses and as many as 20 exporters.

While Ecuador is given duty-free access to the U.S. for many of its exports to the U.S. under the Andean Trade Promotion and Drug Eradication Act, it does not grant the same tariff-free access to the U.S. fresh produce, according to Mark Powers, vice president of the Northwest Horticultural Council, Yakima, Wash.

Powers said Ecuador is a limited market for U.S. apples, taking only about 50,000 to 100,000 cartons per year. U.S. apple exports must pay a duty of about 17% to access the market in Ecuador, Powers said.

“There was hope that Ecuador would roll into one of the free trade agreements but it never really happened,” he said.


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TRINI QUIROZ    
Florida  |  July, 03, 2013 at 07:18 AM

According to "William Watson, executive director of the Orlando, Fla.-based National Mango Board, said the current tariff-free trade preferences for Ecuador mangoes expire at the end of July and must be renewed by Congress". What about the dozens of containers that get SPOILED due to unnecessary and arbitrary SEARCHES????? Little Ecuador is constantly BULLIED....about time Ecuador said "kiss our &*#@s"!

dhinds    
Guadalajara  |  July, 08, 2013 at 03:46 PM

The message was clear and simple: Back off! Ecuador is a sovereign nation and will not allow another country to interfere in it's internal decision making processes, any more than the USA can be forced to consult with Ecuador before granting asylum to a fugitive seeking shelter from political persecution. But above and beyond that, trade between the two countries is a separate issue, and the statement made was no more than that: A Statement. Don't push us.

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