Bananas WTO steps in

03 March 1999

Bananas — WTO steps in

ARBITRATORS from the World Trade Organisation (WTO) have asked the European Union (EU) and the USA for more information before they rule on the transatlantic banana dispute.

The request means that swingeing tariffs that the USA had this week been due to put on EU imports are unlikely to be sanctioned in the WTO, diplomats said.

Arbitrators had been due to rule on how much US firms might have lost because of the EUs policy of favouring bananas from former European colonies.

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