Customs Union urgently needed
Costa Rican businesses demand that regional common market be strengthened.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
The business owners claim that join together 11 treaties is worthless unless their is a common market to ease the trade of products in the region and with harmonious tariffs, not to mention other needs. They believe that it is crucial for trade in the region to be strengthened, especially now in the face of the global crisis that is afecting other markets such as the United States and Europe.
The Costa Rican Chamber of Industry warned that they have grave doubts with regard to the FTA with China saying it would be preferable to enter into a partial agreement.
Despite pressure from industry groups, the government of Costa Rica will not advance in the tariff harmonization of products considered "sensible".
The difficulties and obstacles highlighted by exporters in intraregional trade reveal the serious shortcomings of the much vaunted concept of Central American Integration.
The Chamber of Exporters demanded the next administration greater commitment with the exporting sector.
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