Everything but Arms


Everything but Arms

Everything But Arms (EBA) is an initiative of the European Union under which all imports to the EU from the Least Developed Countries are duty free and quota free, with the exception of armaments. EBA entered into force on 5 March 2001. There are transitional arrangements for bananas, sugar and rice until January 2006, July 2009 and September 2009 respectively.

It should be added the EBA is part of the EU GSP and therefore the legal text can be found in the GSP regulation, art 12 and 13.

The aim of the scheme is to encourage the development of the world's poorest countries.

ee also

*Trade and development
*Common Agricultural Policy
*World Trade Organization

External links

* [http://trade.ec.europa.eu/doclib/docs/2005/june/tradoc_123910.pdf European Union Generalised System of Preference regulation EC No 980/2005]
* [http://ec.europa.eu/comm/trade/issues/global/gsp/eba/index_en.htm European Commission - "Generalised System of Preferences: "EBA" - Everything But Arms initiative"]
* [http://www.oxfam.org.uk/what_we_do/issues/trade/opb13_armssugar.htm Oxfam, December 2000, "Everything but Arms and Sugar?"]


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