Fourth Round of China - Costa Rica FTA Begins

Costa Rica will request greater access for 'special interest' products like meat, sugar and coffee.

Monday, September 7, 2009


Accordingly, it will ask China to define what 'special interest' products it will include in the negotiation.

Fernando Ocampo, chief negotiator for Costa Rica, said that "...after those two topics are solved, the process will be almost 'ready for closing'".

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New Obstacles for Costa Rica - China FTA

September 2009

Disagreement arose among industrialists and Comex, over a request for excluding a number of products which are not produced in the country and enjoy zero tariff.

The goods being requested for exclusion are ambulant circuses, circus tents, cable cars, helicopters, vehicles, bridges and cattle feeding bottles.

China Demands Better FTA Offer

June 2009

Costa Rica is offering to free a 70% of all tariffs while China demands an offer similar to theirs, which is 95%.

The new offer from Costa Rica does not include the most sensitive products for China. Likewise, the proposal from the Asian country does not include the products of greatest interest to Costa Rica, like sugar, meats, and coffee. However, China does offer an opening of 94.5% of the tariff lines.

Third FTA Round Between China and Costa Rica Begins

June 2009

In the third round that begins today, Costa Rica seeks to negotiate an agreement that would impede excessive importing of products from China.

With that end in mind, a special safeguard, which could be activated quickly to raise tariffs in the case of excessive imports, is proposed.

China Avoids Defining Key Products

April 2009

The first offer by China for the FTA left 6% of tariff lines undefined, including the most important ones for Costa Rica.

The products of greatest interest for Costa Rica like coffee, beef, pork, chicken and sugar are part of the 6% of tariff lines that were included in a special basket "where [the parties] agreed to place the most sensitive products, excluded products or time periods for special allowances."

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