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EFTA food exporters will have to be patient

No duty-free imports of certain goods to GCC states for now

The free trade agreement between the EFTA and GCC states provides for duty-free import of specific goods from July 1, 2019. Now, the GCC has informed the EFTA that it will not be able to implement the agreed dismantling of tariffs on the GCC side within the deadline.

Foodstuff exporters will be most affected by the delay in the dismantling of tariffs in the GCC states.
Foodstuff exporters will be most affected by the delay in the dismantling of tariffs in the GCC states.

The delay is down to technical difficulties, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) told the European Free Trade Association, and it may now take up to a year before the tariffs are dismantled. As soon as the GCC announces the precise date of implementation, this information will be published on www.s-ge.com.

Foodstuffs most affected

The delay will affect various products covered by the free trade agreement, but most particularly processed agricultural products in category B of annex III. The same applies for products in category B in the agricultural agreement concluded between Switzerland and the GCC states in parallel with the free trade agreement.

The EFTA has compiled a detailed list of the products affected by the delay in the dismantling of tariffs, and this is available to download below. 

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