Huge differences in sugar negotiations

It will be difficult for Central America to reach an agreement with the European Union to accept the entrance of the amount of sugar the negotiators want into its territories.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Raquel Guerra reports in an article on that the chief European trade negotiator, Rupert Schlgelmilch, said that: "They (the Central American countries) want a lot, they want a lot more than what we are offering, however this is not something that will block the negotiations at this stage."

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Pending Task For CA: Distribute the Quotas Negotiated With EU

May 2010

The region must now define how to distribute the import and export quotas negotiated with the European Union.

Central America obtained a regional sugar export quota of 162.000 metric tons, and a meat quota of 9.500 metric tons.

“Rice got a tariff-free quota of 20.000 metric tons”, reported

Central America and the EU Advance in Association Agreement

March 2010

Negotiating teams closed chapters on health and food health measures in the Association Agreement between the two blocks.

The announcement was made by Roberto Echandi, Costa Rica’s chief negotiator, who explained they also closed the technical regulations chapter.

“Echandi explained that these chapters are very important for Central America’s agriculture industry, as they will put in place faster consultation mechanisms to resolve conflicts and doubts regarding the entrance of goods to Europe”, reported

EU has Flexible Position on Plastic

May 2009

The countries of the isthmus may import resins for plastic manufacture in the region for subsequent export.

The chief Costa Rican negotiator, Roberto Echandi, also reported that progress was made in some service areas.

Marvin Barquero, in his article in reported the chief negotiator’s statements: "They initially requested a lot of openness in courier and postal services.

Fifth round of talks with EU to begin in October

September 2008

Five Central American countries will demand that the EU provide access for sugar, banana, ethanol, shrimp, and other products that are not yet included.

On that date the dynamics of the negotiations will change; previously each block of countries presented an offer to open their markets to the other party.

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