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Israel Asks West European Countries Not to Hurt Citrus Trade

Israel acted today against the threat to its citrus sales in West German and Benelux markets arising out of the progress of the European six-nation common market.

The six countries: France, West Germany, Italy, Belgium, Netherlands and Luxemburg, will progressively lower their tariffs to each other, starting January 1. The final goal is abolition of all customs barriers between the six countries.

When that goal is reached, Italian and Algerian citrus fruits will reach West German and Benelux markets at much lower prices than Israel can offer without equal customs treatment. The Israel action was an application to the secretariat of the European Common Market asking that steps be taken to assure that there be no customs discrimination against Israel citrus imports in the six countries.

Israel also was reported as negotiating with the Council of Europe about a possible lin: between Israel and the planned 17-member European Economic Corporation Organization.

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