Costa Rica: Entry Into Pacific Alliance Under Consultation

With opposition from agro-industry, the government has initiated the processes required to join the trade bloc, including a consultation period, which runs until the end of the year.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Entry into the block requires a greater commercial opening than that established in free trade treaties negotiated between Costa Rica and member countries, Mexico, Colombia, Peru and Chile, which is why productive sectors such as agriculture and industry oppose it.

Juan Rafael Lizano, president of the National Chamber of Agriculture and Agribusiness (CNAA), told Nacion.com that "... A balance of bilateral FTAs ​​with the four countries indicates that we have 72% access to 28% exceptions; with the Pacific Alliance it would be 92% access and 8% exceptions; which is why we disagree with it. "

Meanwhile, Foreign Trade Minister (COMEX) Alexander Mora added that "...In the accession process sensitivities may arise related to products which are technically proved, which will be presented and protected by members of the Pacific Alliance. "



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