China Avoids Defining Key Products

The first offer by China for the FTA left 6% of tariff lines undefined, including the most important ones for Costa Rica.

Friday, April 17, 2009

The products of greatest interest for Costa Rica like coffee, beef, pork, chicken and sugar are part of the 6% of tariff lines that were included in a special basket "where [the parties] agreed to place the most sensitive products, excluded products or time periods for special allowances."

The website published: "Although the offer was described as ‘very good’ by the chief negotiator for Costa Rica, Fernando Ocampo, he also acknowledged that this 6% is what Costa Rica is most interested in, and this will have to be discussed in more detail as the negotiation process progresses."

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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%.

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June 2009

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April 2009

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

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Costa Rica to start consultations on FTA with China

November 2008

The Ministry of Foreign Trade started the public consultation process on the FTA with China with the various sectors of the Costa Rican society.

The first round of negotiation of the bilateral agreement will begin on January 19 in Costa Rica.

The chief negotiator for Costa Rica, Fernando Ocampo, said that next year they will have five rounds of negotiations.

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