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EU Protects 10 Geographical Indications from Latin American Countries

By Costas Vasilopoulos
Dec. 12, 2022 14:58 UTC

Aceituna de Tacna olives from Peru are among 10 Latin American food prod­ucts to receive Protected Geographical Indication sta­tus from the European Union after a deci­sion in Quito, Ecuador on November 16.

Protection of these spe­cific prod­ucts against imi­ta­tion in the EU stems from a mul­ti­party trade agree­ment between the Union and Peru, Colombia, and Ecuador, pro­vi­sion­ally applied in 2013.

The trade pact already pro­tects 16 geo­graph­i­cal indi­ca­tions (GIs) from the three Andean coun­tries in the EU. It also safe­guards 116 European GIs in Peru, Colombia, and Ecuador. The recog­ni­tion is expected to help Latin American pro­duc­ers and exporters mar­ket their prod­ucts in the European Union.

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In each of these years that the trade agree­ment has been in effect, we have held meet­ings of the sub­com­mit­tees and the trade com­mit­tee,” said Roberto Sánchez, the min­is­ter of for­eign trade and tourism of Peru. The objec­tive has been to facil­i­tate and increase, even more, our com­mer­cial flows. We will aim to con­tinue strength­en­ing our trade rela­tion­ship with the EU.”

Tacna olives from Peru are grown in the homony­mous south­ern­most region of the coun­try. Tacna is home to 35,000 hectares of olive groves, rep­re­sent­ing more than 80 per­cent of the country’s total area devoted to olive tree cul­ti­va­tion. In 2019, Peru pro­duced almost 190,000 tons of olives, mostly used as table olives and some des­tined for olive oil pro­duc­tion.

The E.U.’s Geographical Indications scheme, aimed at com­mu­ni­cat­ing the unique char­ac­ter­is­tics of food prod­ucts that have a spe­cific link to the place they are made, is val­ued at almost €75 bil­lion a year.

According to the European Commission, there are cur­rently more than 3,300 European prod­ucts with a Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) or Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) label, while more than 1,500 GIs from around the world are pro­tected from imi­ta­tion and coun­ter­feit­ing in the European Union through bilat­eral trade agree­ments.


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