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T&T u-turn

Geralyn Edward, Business Editor

T&T u-turn

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Trinidad and Tobago has backed down from its position that effectively blocked entry of Pine Hill Dairy (PHD) milk and some juices for the past 18 months.
After accusing the Trinidadians of deliberately targeting the Bajan products in order to protect their dominant player Nestle, managing director of PHD’s parent company Banks Holdings Limited (BHL), Richard Cozier, reported last night that there was some resolution to the matter.
The fracas between the two CARICOM neighbours over labelling standards threatened to break out into a tit-for-tat trade war after Cozier called on Barbadians to halt their purchase of Trinidadian products if the matter remained unresolved.
However, Cozier told the DAILY NATION that following a two-hour meeting in Port of Spain yesterday between himself, officials of BHL’s representative in the republic, M&D, the Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers’ Association (TTMA) and that country’s Chemical Food & Drug Agency, most of the difficulties were resolved.
That meeting, Cozier revealed, was requested by Barbados’ Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Senator Maxine McClean and CARICOM Ambassador Robert “Bobby” Morris and followed talks the two held with their Trinidad counterparts late last month.