EU Relaxes Rules in Several Areas

In addition to plastics, the European Union made concessions in chocolate, palm oil, fertilizers and chemicals.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

According to the flexibility incorporated into the Association Agreement between Central America and the European Union, enterprises in the region may include materials from outside into products that are then exported to Europe under the tariff regime established in the Agreement.

Another line in which Costa Rica and Nicaragua have a lot of interest in unlocking is beef, and they hoped that Europe would allow an import quota.

For their part, European negotiators are pushing to achieve the opening of postal and courrier services in Central American Countries.

In this regard, the article by Marvin S. Barquero in El stated: "At the meeting yesterday, European negotiators relaxed position where postal services are concerned. The opening of maritime services also posed a difficult topic. The EU wanted to apply the 'door to door' concept in this field. This would involve opening ground transportation, port, multimodal and special auxiliary services."

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The countries of the isthmus may import resins for plastic manufacture in the region for subsequent export.

The chief Costa Rican negotiator, Roberto Echandi, also reported that progress was made in some service areas.

Marvin Barquero, in his article in reported the chief negotiator’s statements: "They initially requested a lot of openness in courier and postal services.

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Central American coffee growers have agreed to stay out of the negotiations for a trade agreement with the European Union.

The best gain from the tariff removal would be for toasted coffee which only represent 1% of exports.

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