US extends CBI until 2010

The preferential tariffs that the US gives to Central America and the Caribbean was to expire this year, however it was extended until 2010.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

According to, "The United States has extended the Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI) until 2010.

A spokesperson for the US Embassy in Panama confirmed that the program "has been extended"."

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The government requested an extension of the benefits of the Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI), until the FTA is ratified.

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