Trade grows between countries that are a part of the FTA.

Total trade between the countries that make up the FTA with the EU grew by 13% to $22.41 billion during the first semester of this year, according to an analysis from the Latin Business Chronicle.

Monday, August 25, 2008

The Central American countries that are a part of the Free Trade Agreement — Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic — bought goods from the EU at a value of $12.71 billion, an increase of 21.6% compared to the first semester of last year.
Exports from these countries to the American market increased 11.3% to $9.69 billion, according to the study.

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Costa Rica Accuses El Salvador of Violating FTA

September 2013

The country has invoked the dispute settlement mechanism of the CAFTA-DR, over alleged violation by El Salvador of the tariff reduction program.

From a press release issued by the Ministry of Foreign Trade of Costa Rica (COMEX):

The Ministry of Foreign Trade has requested the consultations mechanism against El Salvador, under the dispute settlement process of the Free Trade Agreement between Central America, the Dominican Republic and the United States of America (CAFTA), after a refusal, on the part of Salvadoran authorities to implement the tariff reduction program outlined in the aforementioned treaty on the import of products originating in Costa Rica.

Adjustments to CAFTA-DR

February 2011

The Dominican Republic, Central America and the U.S. agreed to make adjustments in agriculture, sanitary standards, textiles and disputes.

During the meeting held in El Salvador, government representatives began the meeting by reviewing developments in trade and investment.

Dominican Republic Agrees to Arbitration with Costa Rica

May 2010

Dominican Republic agreed to enter an arbitration process with Costa Rica over a tariff conflict.

The Industry and Commerce Ministry of Dominican Republic issued a press release in which it agrees to the process, to “solve a conflict created by tariffs charged on Costa Rican electric conductors”.

FTA between Costa Rica and the US comes into effect

January 2009

Since yesterday 99% of Costa Rican exports will enter the US market tariff-free.

According, "the United States is Costa Rica's main trading partner and buys half of its exports at over 9 billion dollars annually; however demand could fall due to the financial crisis that is affecting the US economy.

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