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POST TIME: 19 January, 2019 00:00 00 AM
Cambodia, Myanmar hit out at tough EU rice tariffs
AFP, Phnom Penh

Cambodia, Myanmar hit out at tough EU rice tariffs

Cambodia and Myanmar have railed at the European Commission for resuming tariffs on millions of dollars of rice, with one ministry describing the move as a “weapon” against already poor farmers.

The EC reimposed duties of up to 175 euros ($200) per tonne of Indica rice from the two countries for three years following intensive lobbying by Italy, who said cheap imports were damaging its farmers.

While it is unconnected, the EC decision comes against the backdrop of threats to remove both Southeast Asian countries from its Everything But Arms (EBA) scheme because of human rights abuses.

The EBA deal allows developing countries access to export a broad array of goods — including rice — to European markets without shouldering tariffs.