21 December 1998
Trouble flares again over bananas

THE USA is expected to announce a list of imports from the European Union on which it will levy duties, reports the Financial Times.

The action is the latest stage in the long-running dispute over the EUs preferential treatment of banana imports from former colonies.

The EUs trade commissioner has warned the dispute threatens good relations between the USA and Europe.

The USA has refused to submit the dispute to a special World Trade Organisation panel, saying the process would take too long.