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Tariff cut 'could damage small banana producers'

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For 20 years, the EU has been importing bananas from African, Caribbean and Pacific countries duty free, while imposing tariffs on bananas from elsewhere.

The EU's argument is that it it wants to protect small producers in former colonies from the might of US multi-nationals, who themselves have cried foul over two decades. They have now won the day, after a vote in the European Parliament went their way.

The Fairtrade Foundation's Aurelie Walker and Gabriel Stein of Lombard Street Research, give their views on this contentious issue.


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