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After twenty years of negotiations US opens its market to Uruguayan citrus

Thursday, July 11th 2013 - 07:14 UTC
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After almost twenty years of negotiations United States confirmed the opening of its market to citrus from Uruguay, which will become effective next 9 August when certain coordination and logistics tasks are coordinated by both countries. Read full article

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  • ChrisR

    Long, hard struggle to get here by the look of it.

    You can however see why The Dark Country cannot get their citrus fruit anywhere near the US markets. Can anybody believe ANYTHING that an argie signs would be the fact in practice?

    Great news for Uruguay though.

    Jul 11th, 2013 - 01:08 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Stevie

    Great news for Uruguay? Hahaha Chris! I tell you what great news for Uruguay is.
    The fact that FA will put forward Constanza Moreira as an alternative candidate to Tabaré Vazquez. THAT's good news for Uruguay.
    As for Moreira, she is from MPP, same political party as Pepe

    ;)

    Jul 11th, 2013 - 03:41 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard2

    Can Uruguay do this unilaterally,
    or has the agreement with the US got to conform to the Mercosur model?

    I imagine this automatically sets the price - perhaps even opens the US door - to citrus products from Brasil, Argentina and Venezuela (though probably not Paraguay).

    Jul 11th, 2013 - 05:13 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    3 GeoffWard2

    No door open for argie citrus, they drown them in poison and have already had a number of deliveries held and returned or whatever they did with them.

    Can Brasil comply with the written procedures concerning pests and disease?

    I cannot imagine Venezuela complying in reality, only by signing anything put in front of them.

    Why not Paraguay? Do you know something we don't?

    Jul 11th, 2013 - 08:45 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Fred

    @ 3 GeoffWard2: Actually Brazil does export citrus to the US since a long time. Maybe it's even the main exporter of it to US.

    @ 4 ChrisR: Yes, it can/ always could. Please read paragraph above.

    @ 3 GeoffWard2 and @ 4 ChrisR: Brazil is writen with “z” when in English not “s” like in Portuguese and Spanish.

    Jul 12th, 2013 - 12:54 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard2

    Thanks, Fred; I guess my years of living in Brasil cause me to have a strong affinity to this strange and beautiful country. I will continue to display my affinity.

    And Chris, I know the Brasilian-US citrus market and how it is battered by home-market protections

    My question is .. do unilateral agreements confound Mercosur, or does Mercosur confound unilateral agreements?
    For sure, the two can't exist side by side.
    Or can they!?

    Jul 12th, 2013 - 09:30 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    6 GeoffWard2

    I think the real question is whether Mercosur is even a trading organisation?

    It appears to have been overtaken by the bunch from Venezuela complete with the bus driver who has no idea where he is going.

    I cannot see any how it can even last much longer.

    @5 Fred

    I thought I was being polite using the s in Brazil!

    Jul 12th, 2013 - 12:35 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GFace

    @3-7: I can't see why it wouldn't be counter-Mercosur for one country to trade with the US while the other Mercosur countries are “iterating” their processes to meet the needed criteria of the would-be importing state. If one country gets in before the others, great, the others should then start taking notes. Likewise if the other countries aren't trading (as opposed to boycotting) then fine they don't have to trade with everyone the other Mercosur states are doing. If EU's German companies don't want to export stuff to Pottsylvania then why should France be kept from doing it with their stuff? Same with Mercosur.

    Jul 12th, 2013 - 02:57 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    @2 Stevie

    Moreira! She is only there because she said there should be an alternative to Vasquez so she was told to do it.

    Have you read her blog? Talk about condescending: she will educate you in politics and political science going back to Greece.

    Can't see it happening as Veasquez has a track record, this woman has not.

    Jul 12th, 2013 - 04:17 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Fred

    @ 7 ChrisR: Maduro is just the president of the member in presidence. He can't change Mercosul rules if other members refuse to do so.

    If you like to use the “s” there's no problem then. Using the “z” is not offensive since its correct form in English though.

    As for this agreement. Notice that the defender of free trade took 20 years to release Uruguay citrus. It's not even something relevant, it's just some citrus.

    Jul 13th, 2013 - 12:06 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard2

    Surely you can't be THE Fred; but if you are the Great Man I shall have to defer to you and start using the Z in Brasil!
    Respect, respect!

    Jul 13th, 2013 - 09:05 am - Link - Report abuse 0

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