No to Tax Relief in Sensible Products

Despite pressure from industry groups, the government of Costa Rica will not advance in the tariff harmonization of products considered "sensible".

Tuesday, July 7, 2009


The negotiation of the Free Trade Agreement between Costa Rica and China has raised alarm and protests from the Chamber of Industries and the Chamber of Food Industry, who request a 100% tax relief for central american trade in order to be competitive.
Currently 4% of the products that can be exported to the region, mainly sugar, dairy, beef and chicken have taxes that protect domestic production.

In relation to this, Amparo Pacheco, Foreign Commerce vice minister, indicated that "Costa Rica cannot advance at the same pace as Central America, we have our own target, and the China situation is the most obvious, because we are the only ones that have diplomatic relations".

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