Tuna case study

Tuna is the topic of a case study for the World Trade Organization:

Producers of canned tuna in Thailand were concerned about a 24 percent tariff on their product shipped to Europe, while tuna producers from the African, Caribbean and Pacific states enjoyed zero tariffs.  The international forum negotiated with the parties and “This case is a good example of how developing country members were able to use their WTO rights to secure more equitable treatment from a developed country trading partner.”

The case study begins by noting the ubiquity of tuna in grocery stores. Unfortunately, as readers of the TunaTuna blog know – all tuna is not equal. Some species are more sustainable than others – and all St. Jude tuna is sustainable albacore.

A young friend of ours wrote an article a few years ago about how the World Trade Center takes environmental factors into account, as explained by President Pascal Lamy.


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