US Olive Cos. Rip EU Subsidies Before Free Trade Talks

Law360, New York (May 17, 2013, 2:15 PM EDT) -- Ahead of this summer's talks for a transatlantic free trade agreement, California olive growers pressed U.S. trade negotiators Tuesday to maintain import duties on subsidized olives from the European Union.

In a letter to the U.S. International Trade Commission — which is currently studying the impact of the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership — the California Olive Association said tariffs are necessary to protect American olive growers against a “flood of highly subsidized low priced olives” from Spain.

The group said Spanish olive growers and...
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