Costa Rica to start consultations on FTA with China

The Ministry of Foreign Trade started the public consultation process on the FTA with China with the various sectors of the Costa Rican society.

Friday, November 21, 2008

The first round of negotiation of the bilateral agreement will begin on January 19 in Costa Rica.

The chief negotiator for Costa Rica, Fernando Ocampo, said that next year they will have five rounds of negotiations.

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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.

Fourth Round of China - Costa Rica FTA Begins

September 2009

Costa Rica will request greater access for 'special interest' products like meat, sugar and coffee.

Accordingly, it will ask China to define what 'special interest' products it will include in the negotiation.

Fernando Ocampo, chief negotiator for Costa Rica, said that "...after those two topics are solved, the process will be almost 'ready for closing'".

China Avoids Defining Key Products

April 2009

The first offer by China for the FTA left 6% of tariff lines undefined, including the most important ones for Costa Rica.

The products of greatest interest for Costa Rica like coffee, beef, pork, chicken and sugar are part of the 6% of tariff lines that were included in a special basket "where [the parties] agreed to place the most sensitive products, excluded products or time periods for special allowances."

Costa Rica Seeks Protection Mechanism in FTA with China

April 2009

Costa Rica is demanding a mechanism from China that will allow increased tariffs on a product when national activity is threatened.

Fernando Ocampo, chief negotiator for Costa Rica, told about the characteristics of the mechanism: "It is a special volume safeguard that can be activated each year when imports from China exceed a certain volume.

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