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Global pepper meet to discuss tariff issues

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Mumbai , Aug. 3

THE 31st Session of the International Pepper Community (IPC) would be held at Kochi from September 1-6, according to an IPC release.

The Union Government would host the event, to be held at Casino Hotel in Kochi, and more than 100 delegates consisting of exporters, researchers, producers, officials from Brazil, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and Cambodia.

Also importers, traders and processors from the US, the Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Japan, Korea, Pakistan, United Arab Emirates, Morocco, South Africa and Australia, have already registered.

Representatives from the Food and Agricultural Organisation and ITC would also be attending.

Exporters, importers and officials from China, Madagascar, Ecuador and Singapore have expressed their interest to participate in the meetings.

Major issues such as problems and prospects of organic production of pepper, tariff and non-tariff measures hampering export of pepper in value added form from producing countries.

Also promotion of IPC quality standards, increasing consumption of pepper in producing and consuming countries, development on legislation and trade, quality requirements for pepper, impact of the bio-terrorism act and its implication for the pepper and spice export, new dimension in pepper future trading, supply and demand situation and price forecasting would be discussed and important decisions will be taken.

The Pepper Exporters and Importers (Pepper-Exim) Meeting, to held on September 4, would provide a forum for exporters and importers to exchange information and for business negotiations.

The session will evaluate the production and export performance in 2002 and in 2003 and will work out estimates for 2004.

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