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".
In the next negotiation round, to take place in Costa Rica, negotiators expect to complete the Free Trade Agreement.
In the upcoming second round of negotiations, Costa Rica will seek to establish tight rules of origin for Singaporean products.
In the fifth and final round of negotiations, Costa Rica secured zero tariffs for all 6.550 product lines.
Progress was made in access to markets and rules of origin, topics of great importance to define the specific goods each side will offer.
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