The demand for products such as pineapple, bananas, organic products and flowers has been growing in Canada.
The Canadian supermarket chain Loblaws is one of the companies interested in introducing a broader range of Costa Rican products into its stores.
At least 30 Canadian businesspeople will take part in a trade mission to Costa Rica in September.
The Countries consider that it is opportune to review the scope of the FTA in order to expand it into different areas.
Issues such as market services, new product exchanges and investment will be analyzed, looking to improve and expand the offerings available.
Karina Alpízar Corella reported statements by Canadian Chancellor, Peter Kent: "Canadian companies take pains to invest in projects that promote social development, are in sync with the environment and that especially follow the legal framework and guidelines of each country. The Chancellor said that his country has increased investment to such an extent that there are about $100 million on the American continent and our country is no exception. Specifically, the Canadian firm Cambior Project and Construction Group are working hand in hand with Industrias Infinito SA. They are working in Las Crucitas mining project with an investment of about $50 million."
The elimination of nontariff barriers is the main request being made by Costa Rican businessmen negotiating updates to the trade agreement.
Although access to the Canadian market is wide open, Costa Rican exporters are still facing many non-tariff related barriers. These obstacles are related to technical, phytosanitary and sanitary issues, labeling, origin of primary products, etc.
The Costa Rican government will try a second time to renegotiate the terms of the free trade agreement with Canada to include services in the list of sectors with preferences.
The FTA was signed 12 years ago, therefore the government of Costa Rica considers it necessary to revise and update it with the idea of emulating the models of recent agreements made with Europe and other countries.
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