Feta, the characteristic cheese product of Greece, will continue to enjoy no import duties in the United States, the Agricultural Development & Foods Ministry said on Wednesday, following the recovation of a decision that would have added a 9.6% levy on the product.
According to the ministry, the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) notified the Greek embassy in Washington, following a query, that the intention of reclassifying customs duties on imported sheep-originating cheese to the United States would be revoked.
The ministry attributed the change to "coordinated action" by it, with the help of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Economy.
Agriculture Minister Stavros Arachovitis hailed the decision and said that "the protection of feta and, by extension, of Greek agriculture and production in general, is at the heart of our policy for an extroverted agricultural foods sector."
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