SMBs and the AA with the EU

Small and medium enterprises in the region, especially in the food sector, have great opportunities to export to the European market.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

This was explained by Ingrid Figueroa, director of the Regional Center for the Promotion of MSMEs (Cenpromype), an agency of the Central American Integration System (SICA).

Aspects such as quality, standards, certifications and seals of approval are elements that European consumers evaluate before acquiring goods that are produced in the region, therefore this must be made known to the producers. "For a small company that has not met the requirements of the European market it can be a complex issue," she said.

"... producers should be informed and prepared to reap the benefits of the ADA, especially for food activities and services", reported

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Useful Information for Export to Europe

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The website for the "Business Intelligence System of the Association Agreement between Central America and the European Union" summarizes the regulatory framework, procedures, market information and other topics of interest to exporting SMEs.

The Ministry of Economy of El Salvador has put online a "Business Intelligence System of the Association Agreement between Central America and the European Union", a website which aims to present the content and the benefits of the Association Agreement in a format which is simple and accessible, so that Central American exporters and importers can receive this information and maximize opportunities.

El Salvador: How to Export to the European Union

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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 .

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.

Europe is Not Easy for Non-Traditional Exports

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Although there is a market in the EU for Nicaraguan non-traditional products, producers face tough requirements and controls in order to conquer it.

In 2013 the trade component of the Association Agreement with the European Union will come into effect, which will liberalize most of the Central American export goods.

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