Opportunities and Challenges for El Salvador in Europe

With the entry into force of the AA in August, 90% of Salvadoran products will be able to be sent to European Union countries duty free.

Monday, July 8, 2013

"What will happen is that Central America, instead of exporting to the international market, will export to Europe. It will change the export destination," said Julio Arroyo, CEO of the Asociación Azucarera.

The Elsalvador.com reports that "the challenge that lies ahead for exporters is huge, because although the doors were opened to 28 markets with over 500 million consumers, there are also requirements related to phytosanitary conditions, quality, presentation, price and promotion will become stronger, in line with the market. "

"... What is characteristic of this Agreement is that there will be more legal certainty, beyond investors and growers," said Rigoberto Monge, industry representative.

The Association Agreement "establishes a political and economic association between regions, based on reciprocity, mutual interest and deepening their relations in all fields," said Francisco Javier Santodomingo, head of the Delegation of the European Commission with Central America.



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El Salvador: How to Export to the European Union

November 2013

On 25 and 26 November a seminar will be held to train Salvadoran SMEs in the legal regulations and requirements needed to export to the European market .

From a press release issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of El Salvador:

The Government of El Salvador with the European Union will hold on the 25th and 26th of November, the "CA- EU Partnership Agreement: opportunities to export" a seminar-workshop, in order to support small and medium enterprises in the Salvadoran process of internationalization and diversification of markets and products to Europe, as part of the trade pillar agreement which came into force on 1 October .

Costa Rica: EU Agreement in Effect From October

September 2013

The Council of the European Union has approved Costa Rica's entry into the Association Agreement between Central America and the European Union.

From a press release by the Ministry of Foreign Trade (Comex):

The European Union Council today unanimously approved Costa Rica's entry into the Association Agreement between Central America and the European Union (CAAA).

Regional Plan for Use of AA with EU

September 2013

FECAEXCA has submitted a regional strategy for the Association Agreement to be an effective tool of investment, business and employment generation.

From a press release issued by the Guatemalan Association of Exporters (Agexport):

Central American exporters meeting in the Federation of Chambers and Associations of exporters from Central America and the Dominican Republic, FECAEXCA, has delivered to its governmental and private initiative authorities a regional strategy for the Association Agreement to be an effective tool for investment, business and generating employment for regional countries.

Opportunities for Honey in the EU

July 2013

The entry into force of the Association Agreement between Central America and the European Union encourages projects to increase honey production in Nicaragua.

Currently production is less than 500 tonnes per year, equivalent to 0.09% of what was imported globally last year (518,818 tonnes).

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