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The Banana Industries of Costa Rica and Dominica in a Time of Change

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Abstract:

The July 1993 implementation of a new banana importation regime by the European Union (EU) raised the level of competition between banana exporters in Latin America and the Caribbean. This article profiles the banana industries of Costa Rica and Dominica as case studies representing these two groups of exporters. It considers the origins, scale, structure and trading patterns of the industry in each, utilising a variety of data from primary and secondary sources, commentary from interviews, and personal observations by the author from the field. Subsequently, it briefly reviews the changes in world trading regulations stipulated by the EU and those forthcoming from GATT and its new World Trade Organisation. In conclusion, the article suggests what kind of banana future lies ahead for each country.

Document Type: Original Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-9663.00007

Affiliations: Department of Economics and Geography, Hofstra University Hempstead, New York, USA 11550-1090. ecojew@hofstra.edu

Publication date: February 1, 1998

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