Coffee farmers stay out of EU negotiations

Central American coffee growers have agreed to stay out of the negotiations for a trade agreement with the European Union.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

The best gain from the tariff removal would be for toasted coffee which only represent 1% of exports.

In addition, the EU continues to demand the implementation of a flexible rule of origin for coffee, while the Central American want the rule of origin for the grain to be strict, so that the origin of the coffee should be the place where it is grown and harvested.

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EU-CA Negotiations Resume in Guatemala

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Next Thursday, Central America and Europe will resume their unfinished negotiations for an Association Agreement between them.

Talks will last for two days, with negotiators trying to solve the differences both blocks have regarding how much tariffs to remove and how to do it on several sensible products.

Coffee producers seek special treatment

June 2008

The Coffee Institute of Costa Rica insists that the coffee processed within the free trade region should enter the European Union free of tariffs, provided that the beans were harvested in Central America.

Producers are worried that the EU agreement might allow coffee processed in Europe and harvested anywhere in the world to enter the region tariff-free.

EU Relaxes Rules in Several Areas

May 2009

In addition to plastics, the European Union made concessions in chocolate, palm oil, fertilizers and chemicals.

According to the flexibility incorporated into the Association Agreement between Central America and the European Union, enterprises in the region may include materials from outside into products that are then exported to Europe under the tariff regime established in the Agreement.

C.A. Request E.U Free Tariff for Liquor

November 2009

Producers and importers of alcoholic beverages suggested a tariff reduction agreement between EU and CA.

This request could be included in the Association Agreement being negotiated between both blocks.

Pedro Lamport, President of the Central American Association of Importers and Producers of Alcoholic Beverages, told newspaper "The idea is for us to have the same treatment.

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