After prolonged and sometimes heated price negotiations over the past few months, Ecuadorian banana growers and exporters were unable to reach agreement on the price per case (18.14 kilograms) of exported bananas. Exporters wanted bananas to be sold for US$1.60 per case while growers were calling for US$3.60 per case. The former price would likely prompt more accusations on the part of competing nations that Ecuador is "dumping" bananas on the international market.