Panama Attracts Construction Companies

The FTA between Costa Rica and Panama has opened business opportunities for construction companies in Costa Rica.

Monday, May 18, 2009

A group of 11 Costa Rican companies will participate in 80 business meetings from May 20 - 22 in Panama. At the event which is organized by the Costa Rican Foreign Trade Promoter (Procomer), companies are looking to promote "materials such as flooring, plastic tiles, wood, bronze, iron and aluminum castings, decorative posts, nails and framework."

Journalist Tatiana Gutierrez Wa-Chong wrote for Press Freedom in Costa Rica: “Costa Rica and Panama signed an FTA on August 7, 2007, with positive results for the industry which managed for 94% of its products to be handled through free trade and only the remaining 6% to have tariffs eliminated in periods ranging from 5 to 17 years. Rules of origin were also negotiated to suit the reality of the national productive sector."

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