The Presidents of both countries will make the decision to negotiate the agreement when they meet next Monday in San Jose.
The Foreign Trade Minister, Marco Vinicio Ruiz, told the press on Monday during a seminar that "the Ministry has sufficient arguments on the need to negotiate an FTA with China and they're all positive"
Denouncing sanitary risks and a lack of quality control in Chinese production, they are asking for the adoption of a Partial Agreement Accord and not a FTA.
Executives from diverse business chambers exchanged strong words in the discussion on this issue. In a press conference where the presidents of various industry chambers were present, including from the Cámara de Industrias de Costa Rica (CICR), Cámara Costarricense de la Industria Alimentaria (CACIA), Asociación Costarricense de la Industria Plástica, Asociación de la Metalurgia, and Asociación de la Industria Gráfica, “they denounced that the Department of Foreign Trade (Comex) did not address their requests or concerns despite that they have made their concerns known on various occasions."
Costa Rica is offering to free a 70% of all tariffs while China demands an offer similar to theirs, which is 95%.
The new offer from Costa Rica does not include the most sensitive products for China. Likewise, the proposal from the Asian country does not include the products of greatest interest to Costa Rica, like sugar, meats, and coffee. However, China does offer an opening of 94.5% of the tariff lines.
In this negotiation round, the key topic is market access for products considered "sensitive".
In Beijing, from September 7th to 11th, negotiating teams from both countries will discuss special tariffs for specific products. It has already been agreed that 90% of the products will enter both markets tariff-free.
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