Coffee producers seek special treatment
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.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
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.
In addition to plastics, the European Union made concessions in chocolate, palm oil, fertilizers and chemicals.
Costa Rican agricultural and industrial businessmen are requesting modification in the rules of origin chapter of the Singapore FTA.
Progress was made in access to markets and rules of origin, topics of great importance to define the specific goods each side will offer.
The success of the food industry is based on innovation enabled by access to a wide variety of ingredients and input substances from outside the Central American region.
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