After a recent agreement reached between the authorities of the International Economic Relationships General Directorate (DIRECON) and the European Union, the entrance quota of tariff-free frozen pork from Chile to the EU will increase by 1,000 tonnes.
The negotiations were started after Croatia joined the EU and after the resulting extension of tariff reductions to Croatia by Chile, with which the conditions for asking for compensation to the EU were present, bearing in mind that the EU is an important market for this Chilean product.
According to the ASPROCER (Pig Producers' Association), the Chilean pig sector has been exporting to the EU for more than 10 years, with average yearly increases by 11% in terms of FOB value, having exported, as an average, US$31 million in the last five years. Precisely, one of the key factors for this growth have been the improvements of the access to the market obtained by the Association Agreement through a tariff-free quota.
It is estimated that the increase of the quota for the importation of Chilean frozen pork to the EU will come into force once all the internal legal procedures in Europe and Chile are met.
Friday May 15, 2014/ Asprocer/ Chile.