Costa Rican Businessmen Reject FTA with Mexico

The House of Food Industry (CACIA for its acronyms in Spanish) "absolutely" rejected the possible signature of a FTA between Central America and Mexico.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The president of CACIA, Marco Cercone, said the signing of a Free Trade Agreement between Central America and Mexico would be a "setback" for standards of origin.

"The entrepreneur described this situation as a 'big mistake´ by commerce authorities in the country and a setback when compared to former, more flexible rules of origin achieved by Costa Rica in its bilateral FTA with Mexico, which has been in place for over a decade".

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Central America - Mexico TLC in Stalemate Over Sugar and Textiles

October 2011

Access for sugar and the rules of origin for textile goods are delaying the negotiations for unification of the FTAs between Mexico and the region.

Before the 17th of October, the planned date for signing the agreement, negotiations in these areas must be concluded.

The Costa Rican Minister of Foreign Commerce (Comex), Anabel Gonzalez said ...

Benefits of a Unified FTA Mexico - Central America

January 2012

Central American countries will be able to access the Regional Integration Committee of Supplies, to supply raw materials for the development of Mexican goods, especially textiles.

After three years of negotiations, the Unified Free Trade Agreement between Mexico and Central America was signed on November 22nd 2011.

Second Round of Unified FTA with Mexico

August 2010

Yesterday the second round of negotiations began to unify the various agreements Central American countries have signed with Mexico.

The objective is to unify the different agreements signed by Nicaragua, Costa Rica and the "Northern Triangle" (Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador) into one single Free Trade Agreement (FTA).

Mexico Includes Sugar and Banana in FTA with CA

October 2010

Mexico could allow privileges to those products in connection with the unification of the FTA.

In return, it requested access to CA of its dairy products, cars, avocado, steel and white corn.

Guatemalan Vice Minister of Foreign Trade, Raul Trejo, told, "We must be aware that in negotiations you not always getting what you ask for; sometimes you need to yield in some areas.

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