China Unhappy with Costa Rican Proposal

The opening bid submitted offers of only 53% of tariffs in terms of 0 to 10 years.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

The proposal leaves the other 47% of the goods pending for future rounds of negotiations.

China’s offer will be released today.

The Prensa Libre website published: "The head of trade negotiations, Fernando Ocampo, acknowledged that this is part of the discussion strategy, but we must be realistic and know that the offer is very conservative and that the Asians would ask for a little more."

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Costa Rican Meat Requests Access to China

November 2009

This was announced in the fifth negotiation round for a Free Trade Agreement between both countries.

Costa Rica's negotiators requested immediate, tariff free entrance for chicken, beef and pork.

Fernando Ocampo, Costa Rican chief negotiator, remarked that "... getting access to China for our meats will be difficult, but we will insist.

Costa Rica: Few Exclusions in China FTA

September 2009

The country would request excluding products from the Free Trade Agreement only in very justifiable cases.

Local industrialists requested to exclude products which already have no tariff and are not produced in the country. In response, Commerce Minister Marco Vinicio Ruiz argued that it's very complicated to explain the Chinese as to why such exclusions.

Costa Rica Makes Offer to China

June 2009

The exchanged offer precedes the third round of negotiations that will be carried out in San José between the 15th and 17th of June.

In the second offering regarding access to the market, Costa Rica did not offer any openings for the sectors of plastics and metals.

First round of negotiations for the Costa Rica - China FTA

January 2009

From today through Wednesday the meeting will be held in San Jose, and will be the first encounter to define the action plan that will be followed.

Elfinancierocr.com reports: "The chief negotiator for Costa Rica, Fernando Ocampo, explained that 9 groups will meet to discuss the main topics of the negotiation, including, rules of origin, market access, commercial defense, sanitation and phytosanitary measures, services and investment, conflict resolution and intellectual property and the promotion of trade relations.

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