Gas dispute blights Costa Rica trade deal with Mexico

The 1995 free trade agreement between Mexico and Costa Rica is under threat as the result of a dispute over liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), the fuel of preference in much of the region.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

The Mexican companies that distribute LPG in Costa Rica claim that the government discriminates against them, even though they comply with all of the nation's regulations as well as those of the FTA.
The government has called for the licenses of Tropigas and Gas Nacional Zeta to be revoked even though the courts and the Energy Ministry say that both companies have obeyed the law at all times.

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