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Originally posted by rustiswordz
The EU deserves the maximum world wide condemnation.
The U.S. Department of Commerce announced last July it was putting in place tariffs on imported freshwater shrimp – also called prawns – on the United States.
The tariffs affect six countries – China, Vietnam, Ecuador, Brazil, Thailand and India. Tariff amounts vary from country to country, ranging from 8 percent to 113 percent.
The EU has instead slapped a tariff of 12 per cent on its fish - three times that imposed on prawns from Malaysia, its neighbour. This is still less than the US tariff on Thai prawns: 97 per cent.
On Oxfam's figures, the US duty levied on Sri Lanka for exports of clothing and textiles alone was US$244 million in 2003.
The EU charged US$77 million in the same year. In Indonesia, the corresponding charges were US$426 million and US$180 million. Tariffs are so harsh that the charity estimates the overall income lost to the developing world at US$40 billion. Western generosity is woefully selective.
Originally posted by FredT
Richard, as you said the tarriffs for the US for Thai shirim are higher than the EU. However, Thailand was never threatened with "Buy Liza Minelli DVD or we will jack things up. Nor was it buy Boeing.
Thai airlines currently has a mixed fleet, but its long hual aircraft is all Boeing for the moment with 10 A340's due this year and next. One has to wonder how the order for those was extorted.
You can be as casual as you want about this, but this is far from a business deal. This is state level extortion at its finist. But nothing is too good for the "The EU Deal" eh?
Originally posted by shoo
All replies...this whole thread is rendered useless considering the deal was discussed already before the disaster. So where is your tsunami-cheat now? What a community.