Guatemala: Ruse to Delay EU Agreement

Foreign companies have objected to the registration of European GIs only 6 hours before reaching the deadline to do so.

Monday, September 30, 2013

From a statement by AGEXPORT:

AGEXPORT regrets that six hours before the deadline for the period of opposition to the registration of geographical indications, requested by Europe, foreign companies have raised objections.

Guatemalan exporters at an AGEXPORT meeting, and who have been waiting for the moment of entry into force of the Association Agreement with Europe, regret that foreign interests in domestic production, have objected at the last moment in Guatemala, although they knew that the national legislation gives a high level of protection to both local and international entrepreneurs operating in the country using names of cheeses originating in European territories.

This will delay again, and now indefinitely, the use of commercial benefits of the Agreement, especially because Honduras and Nicaragua are already exporting similar products without tariffs. One such example is shrimp, which even under the Generalized System of Preferences, GSP, pays duty and which under the entry into force of the AA would have free entry. It was even announced that Costa Rica and El Salvador, who faced a similar situation with producers of cheeses from the north, have found a solution and at the meeting of the Council of the European Union scheduled for today (September 27, 2013) have seen the entry into force of the AA for this country validated , starting from October 1.

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The country will ask the European Union to discuss the geographical designations in parallel so that the agreement can enter into force in December.

This was explained by Estuardo Castillo, president of the Guatemalan Association of Exporters (Agexport), who added that "this is what Costa Rica did and there was a good result."

Guatemala: New Delay for EU Agreement

October 2013

The delay is due the eight still unresolved oppositions filed by Italy, France and Spain in September related to Geographical Indications.

Sergio de la Torre, Guatemalan Economy Minister had announced that the agreement would take effect in November, however, everything seems to have be delayed by another month.

Guatemala Could Enter AA with EU in November

September 2013

The country has fulfilled the last requirement which was pending, the registration of geographical indications, meaning that the Association Agreement could come into force in November.

The Ministry of Economy will notify on September 30 that it has complied with the ratification of the Association Agreement with the European Union and with the 60-day period required for amendments to the Law on Industrial Property related to geographical indications.

Opposition to Designations of Origin Blocks EU Agreement

July 2013

Cheese Producers in Costa Rica and El Salvador opposed the registration of the Italian brands Provolone Valpadana , Fontina, Gorgonzola and Parmigiano Reggiano.

The Association Agreement with the European Union (AA) will not come into force on August 1 for Costa Rica and El Salvador, but on October 1, as long there is a resolution to the conflict caused by Costa Rican and Salvadoran dairy producers who expressed their opposition to the registration of geographical origin of Italian cheeses.

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