With an increase of 16% annually over the past five years, trade between the countries of Central America is the real force behind regional integration.
Despite the comings and goings with which governments have handled the process of integration, intra-regional trade continually progresses. In recent years, the numbers in the exchange of goods and services between the countries of the region have doubled, surpassing $6.3 billion per year.
Europe would admit up to 60,000 tons of Central American sugar, 5% of the deficit in its annual consumption.
In the last round of negotiations of the Association Agreement between Central America and Europe, it was agreed to open the market at 35,000 tons, but the Europeans have given in more in recent mini-rounds, according to an article in La Prensa Grafica of El Salvador: "According to negotiation sources, they have given in a little bit more during the mini-rounds. In the last round, the proposal went up 60,000 tons.
At Tuesday's opening of the fourth round of Central America-Europe trade talks in Brussels, Europe granted preferential treatment to a list of Central American products and consolidated 99 percent of its offer.
Johanna Hill, spokesperson for the Central Americans and chief negotiator for El Salvador, said Costa Rica, the country that sells the most to Europe, insists that current access is not reflected in the offer.
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As part of the Agritrade Platform, Guatemala will participate for the 27th time in PMA Fresh Summit, the most important international trade show and convention of fruits and vegetables in the United States, which will take place at Anaheim Convention Center, California from October 17th to 19th.