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Mexico Files WTO Complaint Against Costa Rica Over Avocado Imports Ban

Mexico Files WTO Complaint Against Costa Rica Over Avocado Imports Ban

Q COSTA RICA – On Wednesday Mexico launched a trade complaint at the World Trade Organization (WTO) over Costa Rica’s restrictions on imports of fresh avocados from Mexico, the WTO said in a statement. The request for consultations formally initiates a dispute in the WTO. Consultations give the parties an opportunity to discuss the matter […]

Panama Farmers Give away Tomatoes to Protest Over Imports

Panama Farmers Give away Tomatoes to Protest Over Imports

Panamanian Farmers Give away Tomatoes to Protest Over Imports TODAY PANAMA (Prensa Latina) Growers of tomatoes in the western province of Chiriqui started an unprecedented protest and gave away their products, as a response to the policies implemented by the government. The farmers told the media that the action contrasts with the wealthy importers actions […]

Government: No Decree To Ban Old Car Imports Planned

Government: No Decree To Ban Old Car Imports Planned

  QCOSTARICA – There will be no decree that would ban the import of cars into Costa Rica six years older or more, said Edgar Gutiérrez and  Irene Cañas, the minister and deputy minister of the Environment respectively. The announcement Tuesday followed a comment by the Cámara Costarricense Automotriz (CCA) – Costa Rican Chamber Automotive […]

US Chicken to Enter Costa Rica Duty Free in 2022; Milk and Rice in 2025.

US Chicken to Enter Costa Rica Duty Free in 2022; Milk and Rice in 2025.

(qCOSTARICA) From January 2016 import tariffs will start to be phased out on chicken, rice and milk from the U.S., reaching 0% in 2022 and 2025, under the DR-CAFTA agreement. In Costa Rica local producers say they have been preparing for this for several years, but the country’s loss of competitiveness due to high production […]

Costa Rica Exports Fall and Rise

Costa Rica Exports Fall and Rise

(QCOSTARICA) The exit of Intel manufacturing operations in Costa Rica caused a dramatic fall in the exports from free trade zones in the last year.  However, discounting the electronics components sector, imports actually rose 12.7% in the same time period. The total exports from free trade zones went from ¢2.8 billion colones to ¢1.8 billion […]

Imports Down 18%

Imports Down 18%

  QCOSTARICA – In the first three months of the year imports totaled US$3.679 billion, 18% less than the same period in 2014, due to falling oil prices and lower demand for raw materials for industry. The reduction in purchases of inputs for the electrical and electronics industry, plus the decline in the oil bill […]