Panama - Colombia FTA in Final Stretch

The fifth and probably final round of negotiations for the Free Trade Agreement between Colombia and Panama is developing this week.

Monday, October 25, 2010

It is expected to define the most sensitive aspects of the agreement, including complete list of market accesses, "origin rules, trade facilitation and customs cooperation, sanitary and health certifications as wells as government purchases," reported

The Colombian delegation should validate the re-export certificates from the Colon Free Zone, so products originating from countries having treaties with Colombia will not lose the benefits of the FTA when passed through Panama.

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Panama-Colombia FTA Will Not Lift Tariffs on CFZ

June 2013

Colombia will continue to apply extra tariffs on re-exports coming from the CFZ for products which do not have certificates of origin and value-added processing.

After signing the agreement with Colombia, "We do not know how the [issue with] the CFZ ended up. There is a vacuum of information that we do not understand and I fear the worst.

Details of FTA with Colombia Not Published

June 2013

Following the signing of the trade agreement, the government of Panama has not provided information about Colombia's treatment of the exports from the Colon Free Zone.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism of Colombia said that "the Colombian industry is the net winner" of this FTA, something that the Association of Users of the Colon Free Zone (CFZ) expressed its discontent over due to lack of information from the Panamanian authorities.

Still No Total Agreement for Panama - Colombia FTA

June 2013

Both nations failed to resolve issues such as the treatment of products in the Colon Free Zone, which means there will probably have to be an eighth round of negotiations.

"... The round that lasted for four days, dealt with technical issues such as trade and rules of origin procedures, access to markets for agricultural lists and issues related to customs administration and trade facilitation", reports

The Sticking Points of the Panama-Colombia FTA

March 2013

The Free Zone, meat, coffee and milk are the most controversial topics in the sixth round of negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement between Colombia and Panama.

According to Luis Germán Gómez, vice president of the Association of Members of the Colon Free Zone, Panama is maintaining its position that Colombia should lift restrictions on the entry of goods from the zone.

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