Food Industry Against Rules of Origin

For Costa Rican sector leaders, having access to raw materials from all over the world is essential.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Costa Rica's chief negotiator for the Singapore FTA said that the most important topic to deal with is Rules of Origin. In response to this, the president of the Costa Rican Chamber of the Food Industry, Tomás Pozuela, said that "they are a sector in favor of opening markets, but they oppose the restriction of not being able to access international markets in search for raw materials protected by tariff policies".

From a Prensalibre.cr article: "According to the food union, when there is no access to raw materials and Rules of Origin are used with protectionism means, an irreversible and distorting damage is done to the value-added industry. This is due to the fact that the local industry cannot diversify its raw materials, a key factor for innovation in processed food".



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