Another line in which Costa Rica and Nicaragua have a lot of interest in unlocking is beef, and they hoped that Europe would allow an import quota.
For their part, European negotiators are pushing to achieve the opening of postal and courrier services in Central American Countries.
In this regard, the article by Marvin S. Barquero in El financierocr.com stated: "At the meeting yesterday, European negotiators relaxed position where postal services are concerned. The opening of maritime services also posed a difficult topic. The EU wanted to apply the 'door to door' concept in this field. This would involve opening ground transportation, port, multimodal and special auxiliary services."
Central American coffee growers have agreed to stay out of the negotiations for a trade agreement with the European Union.
The best gain from the tariff removal would be for toasted coffee which only represent 1% of exports.
In addition, the EU continues to demand the implementation of a flexible rule of origin for coffee, while the Central American want the rule of origin for the grain to be strict, so that the origin of the coffee should be the place where it is grown and harvested.
Drought in Southeast Asia is creating opportunities to export more palm oil to Europe, where the entry of the product is duty free because of the Association Agreement with Central America.
The fall of up to 45% in the production of palm oil in Southeast Asia (the world's leading producer) due to El Niño has opened up an opportunity for Central American countries to export the product to markets such as Europe.
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