Central America - Mexico TLC in Stalemate Over Sugar and Textiles

Access for sugar and the rules of origin for textile goods are delaying the negotiations for unification of the FTAs between Mexico and the region.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Before the 17th of October, the planned date for signing the agreement, negotiations in these areas must be concluded.

The Costa Rican Minister of Foreign Commerce (Comex), Anabel Gonzalez said ... that the general framework of rules or the convergence of three FTA’s between the isthmus and Mexico is finalised, except for ... very specific issues regarding the three products.

She explained that they expect a response from the Mexicans, and if the Costa Ricans do not find it satisfactory, she will call a meeting with her Mexican counterpart to resolve the issue", reported Nacion.com

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Starting from July 1 the trade agreement with Mexico, a country with which trade reaches $10 billion per year, came into effect.

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