Nicaragua: TPL for Textile Exports At Risk

A bill that is being analyzed by the U.S. Congress aims to reduce the level of tariff preference to only 6% of imports from Nicaraguan textile factories.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Although the possibility exists of an extension of the current Tariff Preference Level (TPL) until 2015, American congressmen have proposed that the benefit be granted only on cotton pants, which represent the lowest proportion of Nicaraguan textile exports to the United States.

"Álvaro Baltodano, Technical Secretary of the National Commission of Free Trade Zones, explained that those are the two options that are now in the United States Congress and ... are backed by the companies in the country which the Nicaraguan textile factories export to. 'A project which has a hundred percent guarantee such as the TPL, will benefit the textile and manufacturing industry in the United States and Nicaragua', claimed Baltodano.

"On December 31, 2014 the nine years of TPL benefits given by the United States to Nicaragua will expire, a term which has allowed the country to export clothing made from yarn and fabrics from third countries, for a maximum annual volume of hundred million square meters. Once expired, textile companies from the free zone will pay tax for exports, which would bring the cost up to 35%. The free zone industry exported U.S. $2.563 billion, 52% of total exports, in 2013. "

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"... By the end of next year the nine-year grace period given by the United States to Nicaragua will expire, a benefit known as tariff preference level (TPL) which allows the country to export clothing made from yarn and fabrics from third countries for a maximum annual volume of one hundred million square meters." noted an article in

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