EU-CAAA: Next Step, Access Quotas to Europe

After signing the Association Agreement with the European Union, the private sector intends to discuss how to allocate the quotas to export to Europe.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

A regional quota of 150.000 yearly tons was achieved for sugar, and will be split in 132.000 metric tons for raw sugar, and the rest for goods with high sugar concentration. published comments by Mario Roger, Salvadoran Economy vice minister, on the subject: “there is a ministerial agreement on how to distribute export quotas. Two mechanisms can be used: the first, which we prefer, is that the private sector decides between them”.

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European Commission Approves FTA with Central America

October 2011

The European Commission has reviewed and approved an association agreement between Central America and the European Union. This is the first step in a process which should result in the agreement being signed.

According to the Costa Rican Ministry of Foreign Trade’s press release, the process now moves to the Council of the European Union, a body composed of member countries, which must review and sign the legal compliance agreement.

CA Achieves Preliminary Agreement on EU Quotas

November 2010

The private sector, except for rice and tuna, reached a preliminary agreement for the distribution of export quotas to the European Union.

Deputy Minister of Economy of El Salvador, Mario Roger Hernandez, told media that "the sugar, processed mushrooms, frozen and canned sweet corn, cassava starch, beef and plastic products industries are among those who already reached agreements.”

Pending Task For CA: Distribute the Quotas Negotiated With EU

May 2010

The region must now define how to distribute the import and export quotas negotiated with the European Union.

Central America obtained a regional sugar export quota of 162.000 metric tons, and a meat quota of 9.500 metric tons.

“Rice got a tariff-free quota of 20.000 metric tons”, reported

Europe and Central America Close Association Agreement

May 2010

Both blocks decided to concede in what seemed to be irreducible positions, making last minute concessions yesterday.

One of the key issues was denominations of origin: Europe demanded laws to protect brands such as champagne and manchego cheese. The other was how many dairy products would be allowed into the Central American market.

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