Costa Rica Industrials Oppose FTA with China

Denouncing sanitary risks and a lack of quality control in Chinese production, they are asking for the adoption of a Partial Agreement Accord and not a FTA.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Executives from diverse business chambers exchanged strong words in the discussion on this issue. In a press conference where the presidents of various industry chambers were present, including from the Cámara de Industrias de Costa Rica (CICR), Cámara Costarricense de la Industria Alimentaria (CACIA), Asociación Costarricense de la Industria Plástica, Asociación de la Metalurgia, and Asociación de la Industria Gráfica, “they denounced that the Department of Foreign Trade (Comex) did not address their requests or concerns despite that they have made their concerns known on various occasions."

Marvin Barquero, in an article in Nación.com, adds that Tomás Pozuelo, president of the CACIA, said that "before there is a FTA with China, Costa Rica should have a control system for food, medicines, household appliances, and electrical products, among others. In addition, it should put into place a system to control unfair commerce and to verify at customs the entry of products from China and it should eliminate the tariffs on the imports of raw materials (sugar, milk, oil, and others)."



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