EU extends trade benefits to Costa Rica

The European Commission announced that it will grant tariff free access to thousands of Costa Rican products starting next year and until 2011.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

The measure from the EC grants an extension of the General Preferential System (SGP-Plus) to Costa Rica and 15 other developing countries, including, several from Latin America. The system would have expired on December 31. It will now be extended for 3 more years, at the end of which the beneficiaries will have to negotiate another extension.

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Benefits Extended for Exporting to Europe

July 2011

El Salvador will sell goods to Europe, over the next 2 years, under the terms of the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) and the Association Agreement.

For two years Salvadoran businessmen to sell their products in Europe may do so not only with the GSP benefits, but also the benefits of the Association Agreement (AA) with the European Union.

Costa Rica Requests Extension for SGP Plus

September 2010

The country will ask the EU to extend the special incentive arrangement for sustainable development and good governance, known as GSP+, which expires in 2012.

The measure is a back up in case the Association Agreement (or AA for short) is not approved by this date.

"According to Costa Rica's Vice-minister for Trade, Fernando Ocampo, the EU process is not moving as swiftly as we would like or expected," reports Prensa Libre.

Costa Rica requested extension for SGP Plus

October 2008

Costa Rica requested for the Special Stimulus System for Sustainable Development and Governance (SGP Plus) for the 2009-2001 period.

Under this system, which expires in December of this year, Costa Rica continues exporting a significant number of national products the the EU under a preferential tariff system until the negotiations for the Association Agreement which are currently underway are completed.

El Salvador to keep SGP in effect in 2009

September 2008

El Salvador can count on the General Preference System (SGP Plus), which allows it to export certain products to the European market tariff-free.

The European Union (EU) grants this preferential tariff system to several countries, including those in Central America, in exchange for a series of requirements such as the ratification of World Labour Organization (WLO).

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