Colombia signs FTA with El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras

The Free Trade Agreement fortifies the economic integration with the countries of the North Triangle of Central America.

Friday, August 1, 2008

The tariff excludes goods in the light industry sector such as soaps, perfumes and cosmetics, paintings and varnishes; guarantees and herbicides, resins and final goods of the plastic industry; and footwear among others. The agreement promotes the economic development of the countries, through the liberalization of commerce, the promotion of investments, the promotion of technology and the generation of jobs, specifically in the Departments of Commerce, Industry and Tourism.

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FTA Doubles Trade Between Guatemala and Colombia

March 2013

In the three years that the FTA has been in effect the trade balance favorable to Colombia increased from $251 million in 2009 to $527 million in 2012.

The nations of the Northern Triangle of Central America, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, have a free trade agreement with Colombia, whose enactment in 2010 produced immediate effects, rapidly increasing trade in goods and services between the FTA parties.

FTA Colombia – Honduras Now In Force

March 2010

The Free Trade Agreement between both countries has been in effect since last Saturday.

With Honduras, Colombia concludes an FTA with the ‘northern triangle’ (Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras). In November 2009, a Free Trade Agreement with Guatemala came into effect, and in Febraury the same happened with El Salvador.

FTA Colombia – El Salvador Comes Into Effect

February 2010

The Free Trade Agreement signed by both countries came into effect on Monday.

53% of Colombia’s industrial goods now benefit from zero tariffs when entering El Salvador.

“The agreement was signed as part of a wider trade treaty with the countries located in the northern part of Central America. Guatemala has already subscribed the agreement, and Honduras is the only one remaining”, reported business magazine América Economía.

FTA Guatemala - Colombia in November

October 2009

Ruben Morales, Guatemalan Economy Minister, confirmed the Free Trade Agreement will come into effect on November 13th.

Next week, Colombian President Alvaro Uribe will visit Guatemala. During his visit, the presidents will exchange contracts for the coming into effect of the commercial treaty.

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