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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