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Govt henpecks EU on its chicken quota

by 5m Editor
16 September 2006, at 11:33am

THAILAND - Thai delegates are negotiating with European Union officials in Geneva for a special import quota that takes into account annual 25-per-cent growth in chicken exports under a World Trade Organisation agreement.

Weerachai Wiramethikul, minister for the Prime Minister's Office, said that Thailand was seeking a compromise on the EU's chicken-import tariff.

The negotiations are aimed at ensuring that export terms are fair for the Kingdom, after the EU announced the implementation of WTO regulations to protect its manufacturers from cheap imports, he said.

Thailand asked for an annual EU import quota of 200,000 to 300,000 tonnes (that would increase 25 per cent a year). Also, Thai officials and the private sector want the EU to bring down tariffs.

"The government has ambitions to convince the European Union's trade commissioner, Peter Mandelson, and EU delegates to offer better terms for Thai chicken exports," Weerachai said, after a meeting with Mandelson.

Source: The Nation

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