New Obstacles for Costa Rica - China FTA

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.

Monday, September 21, 2009


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

The Costa Rican Industry Chamber and the Food Industry Chamber had already complained to the Commerce Ministry for offering 90% of the products without tariff.

Marco Vinicio Ruiz, head of Comex, the Commerce Ministry, declared: "What I can tell you is that the Chamber's position is complicating the Ministry's work".

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Industry Toughens Posture on China FTA

November 2009

The Costa Rican Chamber of Industries is demanding to know the list of products for which China wants tariff reductions.

This list includes plastic, metal mechanics, graphics and tires. These products would be directly affected by Chinese imports. reports that "Juan María González, president of the Chamber, assured that the list is a requisite for starting conversations with Comex".

Costa Rica: Few Exclusions in China FTA

September 2009

The country would request excluding products from the Free Trade Agreement only in very justifiable cases.

Local industrialists requested to exclude products which already have no tariff and are not produced in the country. In response, Commerce Minister Marco Vinicio Ruiz argued that it's very complicated to explain the Chinese as to why such exclusions.

Costa Rica Industrials Oppose FTA with China

June 2009

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.

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."

China plans to exports to the region from Costa Rica

January 2009

Costa Rica hopes use the FTA with China to capture production investment from Chinese companies which will export their products throughout Central America

China plans to use Costa Rica as the bridge to export to the other countries with which the Central American country has trade agreements, such as Mexico, the United States and Canada.

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