Free Port Products could access EU

In the upcoming negotiations between C.A. and E.U., Nicaragua will propose that products from free ports are accepted in the European market.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Orlando Solórzano, Nicaraguan Industry minister, considers the acceptance of free port products in Europe as a key issue for Central America.

"We expect SMEs and crafts to benefit from access to a more open, free market", said the minister, in an article in Nicaraguan newspaper La Prensa. "These micro companies currently enjoy preferential access, and we want to strengthen this through an agreement".

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Honduran Maquila Requests More Flexibility from EU

March 2010

The Honduran Maquila Association asked the European Union to be more flexible when negotiating the Association Agreement with Central America.

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EU Fells Short in Textile Proposal

February 2010

The first proposal sent by the European Union didn’t satisfy the expectations of the textile industry of Central America.

In the specific case of Nicaragua, the quota offered by the European Union does not even cover 10% of the sector’s aspirations.

“Central America and the EU have reached an agreement regarding market access for 90% of their respective products.

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