FTA with Canada Top Priority of Panama

For the new negotiator for Panama, Francisco Álvarez de Soto, closing the FTA is a priority, given the advanced stages of negotiation.

Monday, July 6, 2009

As of today, the issues remaining to be negotiated are the treatment of beef and pork and the definition of the rules of origin for sugar.

Prensa.com interviews Leroy Sheffer, a former lead negotiator: "The textual negotiation is practically done...Agreements have already been made for the products of greatest interest for Panama like melons, watermelons, banana, papaya, fresh seafood, and processed fruit and coffee products."

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Panama - Canada FTA is in Effect

April 2013

As from April 1st, 78% of the customs duties charged by Panama on imports of Canadian agricultural products will drop to 0%.

Duties on Canadian products not originating in agriculture will fall to zero in 95% of cases.

For Panamanian producers of fresh produce, the current FTA now opens opportunities for increased exports, considering that Canada imports 75% of the fresh produce consumed by its population.

Third round of Free Trade talks between Canada and Panama concludes

January 2009

Important progress was made in negotiations for goods and access of service providers and investors of both countries.

According to laestrella.com.pa: Panama's chief negotiator, Leroy Sheffer said they covered topics that defined the origins of products such as whole grain and instant coffee, oils, fuels, and processed tomatoes to meet industry standard.

Panama has commercial proposal ready for FTA with Canada

January 2009

It will be presented at the III round of negotiations for the signing of a Free Trade Agreement, which will be held from January 12 to 16 in Ottawa.

According to the digital edition of Panama America, pa-digital.com, the vice minister of Foreign Trade, Severo Sousa, said that "the proposal arose after meetings with representatives from the various productive and industrial sectors of the country and from the services export sector, in accordance with previously agreed working positions.

Panama - Canada round of negotiations begin

October 2008

The first round of negotiations will take place in Ottawa from October 27 - 31, said a spokesperson for MICI.

During this first encounter, negotiators will go over topics such as the trade policies of both countries, market access, social corporate responsibility, public contracts, services and investment, cooperation and the strengthening of environmental policies, the source explained.

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