The Committee on International Relations and Foreign Trade of the Legislative Assembly gave a unanimous yes to this trade agreement signed with the European group comprising Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.
The Costa Rican Minister of Foreign Trade, Anabel González, said in a statement that this is a natural step for the country.
“This agreement (with the EFTA) is of great relevance for Costa Rican exports to have preferential terms to the entire European continent,” said Gonzalez.
She added that the agreement will open new opportunities for our private business sectors and will become a valuable tool to promote the attraction of foreign direct investment.
This FTA provides 98.7% of Costa Rican products and 93.3% of the assets of the EFTA.
According to the Costa Rican authorities, the EFTA provides opportunities for products such as tropical fruits, coffee, flowers, vegetables, industrial goods, medical devices and more to be traded with Europe.
The negotiation of the agreement began in February 2012 and was signed on June 24, 2013.
In the last decade, trade with the EFTA Costa Rica increased from $64.8 million in 2002 to $161 million in 2012, according to official data. (EFE)
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