Central America Begins Negotiating FTA with Peru

The first round of FTA negotiations between Peru and the region began on Monday in the Peruvian capital.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Negotiation teams from Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Panama and Peru are participating. Guatemala and Nicaragua have decided not to join current negotiations, but an accession clause will be included in case they want to join later.

Leticia Vindas in her article in Elfinancierocr.com reports, "During this first meeting, the discussion will focus on regulatory issues for market access, origin regulations, customs procedures, trade technical barriers, sanitary and health certificates, trade protection, competition policy, trade services, investment, intellectual property, government purchases and settlements disputes.”

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First Round of FTA with Peru Completed

November 2010

On November 12th, in the Peruvian capital, the parties concluded the first round of negotiations for an FTA between Peru and the region.

At this first meeting, considered a success, progress was made on items like "Market Access for Goods, Rules of Origin, Customs Procedures and Customs Cooperation Sanitary and Health Measures, Technical Barriers for Trade, Commercial Defense, Competition Policy, Services, Investment, Intellectual Property, Public Purchases, Corporate Affairs and Conflict Resolution," reported Laestrella.com.pa.

Costa Rica: Request to Exclude Pasta and Meat from FTA with Peru

April 2011

Costa Rica's food industry chamber (Cacia in Spanish) feels that the Peruvian market does not offer favorable conditions for these products.

Cacia executive director, Mario Montero, commented that they will also be asking the Trade Ministry to exclude certain kinds of juice and alcoholic beverage.

Peru Aims for FTA with Central America

September 2009

As a prelude for such negotiations, a trade mission composed by Peruvian authorities and businessmen will tour the region.

The group will visit El Salvador, Costa Rica and Guatemala.

Peruvian Embassy in El Salvador informed: "The objective of this visit is to resume Free Trade Agreement talks, which were started in 2008. Negotiations could begin in the first half of 2010", reported newspaper La Prensa Gráfica.

Central America Completes Third Round of FTA with Peru

March 2011

At the end of the round chapters were closed on Sanitary and Health Certifications, Investment, Services and Customs Procedures.

Subjects discussed were policy issues related to market access for goods, rules of origin, customs procedures, customs cooperation, sanitary and health certifications, investment, services, temporary visas for businessmen, intellectual property and government purchases.

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