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China will reduce tariffs on Argentina's blueberry

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Staff Writer | Saturday January 12, 2019 5:17AM ET
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China will decrease tariffs on Argentinian fresh blueberries, which will go from 30% to 15%, and dried blueberries, which will go from 25% to 15%.


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Entre Rios blueberry producers had been requesting this rebate for some time. This will improve the competitiveness of their fruit, which must compete with countries that do not pay tariffs, such as the case of Peru and Chile.

The 15% decrease in taxes for fresh blueberries and 10% decrease for dry ones is great news, said the president of the Association of Blueberry Producers of the Mesopotamia Argentina (Apama), Alejandro Pannunzio. This is the result of a negotiation of several months, he said.

Pannunzio belongs to the Berries del Sol company of Colonia Ayuí, in the department of Concordia, which recently exported 720 kilos to Shenzhen, China. "If we could enter China with much effort, with a 30% tariff, as a demonstration of our interest to export, imagine what we can do with this reduction," he said optimistically.

Finally, Pannunzio addressed the National Government and said: "We will continue fighting so that the Government eliminates the withholdings, not because we oppose the Government but because we defend the fruit growing sector."

 

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