Isthmus asks Europe for preferential treatment for organic products

Central America asked the EU to offer preferential treatment for market access for organic products in the agreement of association.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

The request, presented this week in Brussels, is for Central American goods created with these characteristics to have preferential tariffs in comparison to traditional goods.

This treatment will depend on whether or not Central America can reach the same agreement for preferential treatment for ordinary products.

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Central American Industrial Goods To Enter Europe Without Tariffs

February 2010

The region achieved an important result, as industrial goods will be able to enter Europe without paying tariffs.

Costa Rica’s trade ministry (Comex) believes this will make investors feel safer.

“Roberto Echandi, chief negotiator for Costa Rica, informed the Europeans liked another proposal by the region to include a special safeguard for these products.

Central America begins consultations to better offer to EU

October 2008

Central America is preparing its next commercial offer that should be presented in Brussels (Belgium) in January.

The region should restart a series of consultations with the productive sectors, but this time it should include those that have been in the so called F basket, which is for those products that need special treatment or which are simple excluded from the negotiations.

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.

Central America may offer Europe 80 percent market opening

July 2008

Trade representatives of Central American nations are meeting in El Salvador this week to discuss a proposal to offer an 80 percent opening of their markets to the European Union.

The proposal, which would leave 20 percent of the region's products as a margin for negotiation, will be the second sent to the Europeans within talks on an association agreement.

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