Central American Exporters Condemn Dominican Restrictions

The group of Central American export associations has criticized the trade restrictions imposed by the Dominican Republic.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Mónica Araya, head of the Federation of Export Chambers and Associations in Central America, Panama and the Caribbean (Fecaexca), said that the Dominican Republic is using protectionist mechanisms "in industrial products such as plastic and steel".

She went on to tell Sigloxxi.com that, "the measures taken by the Caribbean state go against the spirit of the free trade agreement signed with Central American countries".

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