Costa Rica bananas

Costa Rican foreign trade minister Marco Vinicio Ruizhasrevealed thatLatin American banana exporting countries areanticipatinga new EU banana deal to beagreed in February.

According to, a deal to end the long-running dispute is alsoanticipated by Ecuador - one of themost vocalexporters against the EU's banana import tariffs on Latin American bananas.

'It's been said in this same week that the EU will make an offer, will do something,in February,' Mr Ruiz said. 'I definitely believe that the EU wants to solve the problem.'

Latin American nations havepreviouslycomplained to the World Trade Organisation that current EU import tariffs unfairly favour ACP countries.