NO to Renegotiating Tariffs in Pacific Agreement

The Costa Rican Chamber of the Food Industry states that it would be unacceptable to change the treatment given to the products in existing bilateral treaties.  

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

From a statement issued by the Costa Rican Chamber of Food Industries (CACIA):

Country should not rush to deprotection of product by joining the Pacific Alliance

- CACIA participating this week in sectoral meetings convened by the Ministry of Foreign Trade, in order to assess conditions applicable to Costa Rica in this group.
- Sector describes as unacceptable the scenario of renegotiating tariffs already agreed in bilateral treaties.

November 2014. The Costa Rican Chamber of Food Industries (CACIA) maintains its position that the country should not hasten its entry into the Pacific Alliance, especially if it means a renegotiation of the tariff concessions already agreed with the four countries in their bilateral treaties.

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