Third FTA Round Between China and Costa Rica Begins

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

Monday, June 15, 2009

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

Fernando Ocampo, the lead FTA negotiator for Costa Rica, informed “...a safeguard with the characteristics that Costa Rica requests is a better defense for the majority of sectors that include tariff protections. This defense would ensure that almost no sector would have to be excluded from the FTA with China, and it would expand the final coverage of the agreement."

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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.

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February 2009

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September 2009

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

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'".

Costa Rica Seeks Protection Mechanism in FTA with China

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Costa Rica is demanding a mechanism from China that will allow increased tariffs on a product when national activity is threatened.

Fernando Ocampo, chief negotiator for Costa Rica, told about the characteristics of the mechanism: "It is a special volume safeguard that can be activated each year when imports from China exceed a certain volume.

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