The European Commission has proposed a series of zero-duty import quotas for a wide range of food products for which there is demand within the European Union, but where local production is either weak or non-existent.

Assuming they are approved by the EU Council of Ministers, three-year (almost entirely) duty free quotas, unlimited in scope, will be opened for 30 food products, ranging from crab and bamboo shoots to noodles and pineapples. Also one-year duty free quotas will be opened for 2,000 tonnes of sour cherries and 2,000 tonnes of sweet cherries. Both tariff concessions would start 1 January.