The Association Agreement between Central America and the European Union will enter into force on August 1 for countries which ratify it before July 15.
From a press release from the Ministry of Foreign Trade of Costa Rica (COMEX):
Today, the deputies in charge of foreign trade of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama met in San Jose, where they held a video conference with the Director General of the Directorate General for Trade of the European Commission, Joao Aguiar Machado, who served as Chief Negotiator for the European Central America Association Agreement (CAAA). During the meeting they discussed the progress of the registration of geographical indications in the legislative process and approval of the Agreement.
The main result of the meeting held in Guatemala in October was the longed-for SGP+ for CA.
During the V Round of the Association Agreement between Central America (CA) and the European Union (EU) the biggest advancement regarding trade was the EU's offer of making 94% of the products tariff-free. In return, the Eu demanded a similar opening by CA.