Food Sector in Costa Rica: NO to Pacific Alliance

The Costa Rican food industry claims that with the zero tariff pretended by the Alliance members it will be impossible to compete.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

The food sector in Costa Rica has expressed its concern that reducing tariffs down to 0% for those countries will seriously affect them.

"Peru, Chile, Colombia and Mexico want the trade between all nations to be under a zero percent tariff and we will never support this. It is contradictory to the negotiations which Costa Rica has on a bilateral basis," said Mario Montero, executive director of the Costa Rican Chamber of the Food Industry (Cacia).

On entry to the Alliance, "Costa Rica, whose growth depends on integration into the international economy, can not sit idly by waiting to see what happens in the world, said Foreign Trade Minister, Anabel González to

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