El Salvador Calls For Regional Support in Tariff Conflict with Costa Rica

The Salvadoran President has asked the SIECA to intervene in a trade dispute with Costa Rica.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

President Mauricio Funes, believes that a regional agency should resolve the trade dispute with Costa Rica, which has requested the creation of an international arbitration group. The problem, Funes said, should be resolved by the Secretariat for Central American Economic Integration (SIECA).

Costa Rica opened a process on the grounds "that Salvadoran trade authorities have interpreted that the preferential tariff treatment under the CAFTA-DR applies only to imports from the United States and not to the rest of the signatories of the agreement."

This "is the kind of difference that should be resolved by the competent bodies and regional agencies that are created just for that purpose," said the Salvadoran President.



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