The US has imposed a 100% retaliatory margin on imports of European products, which covers everything from Scottish Kashmir to French cheese. The situation of dollar-zone countries that have not benefited from additional tariff preferences through a free trade agreement has been less positive. Ecuador has experienced growth in banana exports to the EU since 2010, but at a lower rate of 4.5%, while Brazilian exports have decreased by almost 32.7% to around 21,000 tonnes. Ecuadorian exporters have complained that in 2014, countries whose governments have free trade agreements with the EU will only charge an import duty of $117, compared to the $179 tariff levied on Ecuadorian banana imports.
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