Euro-Certified Panamanian Entities

More or less, these documents affect those that seek compensation for the losses incurred by exporters due to the tariff preferences of the EU.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Upon the Panamanian government not having completed on-time the necessary procedures for the renewal of the SGP Plus as established by Europe, Panamanian exporters lost this benefit and were left at a disadvantage against competitors from other countries who continue to enjoy those preferences. A proposed solution to compensate for the incurrred losses is the basis of the creation of this system.

Osvaldo Lau C., Director of the Center of Executive Solutions, analyzes Euro-Certified entities in detail, in an article published in

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Euro Bonds to be Payed to Panamanian Exporters

July 2009

Between July 20 and 21, the Government of Panama would deliver the first Euro Certificates to agricultural exporters.

The Euro Bonds or Euro Certificates were created seven months ago, after the country was excluded from the EU's Generalized System of Preferences (SGP-Plus). They can be used by agricultural exporters to pay taxes and to request credit at banks, among others.

Panamanian Exporters Demand Payment of Eurobonds.

June 2009

To date, 100 requests have been made that represent about $300,000, but the government has not made any payments.

The eurocertification mechanism was implemented six months after the country was excluded from the Generalized System of Preferences (SGP-Plus) that is granted by the European Union.

Panamanian Euro-Certificates are Unused

May 2009

Agro-exporters are not using Euro-Certificate alternatives because they consider that the "procedure is complicated."

The president of the Panamanian Association of Exporters (APEX), Max Gallardo, said that delays in issuance and indirect costs cause many exporters to bear the cost of the loss of EU tariff preferences.

Governments of Panama approves the Eurobond law

January 2009

The purpose of the law which creates the eurocertificates (eurobonds) is to compensate the loss of preferential tariffs with the European Union. reports: The eurocertificates will function as tax bond certificates (CAT) as they will be used to pay taxes, and they can also be used to carry out the transfers that currently take place in the market.

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