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Mexico Renegotiates Central American FTAs

by Leroy Baker, Tax-News.com, New York

02 June 2011


Mexico has taken a further step forward in its aim of renegotiating its Central American trade treaties, with the conclusion of a fifth round of talks.

The negotiations, held at the end of May, aim at the convergence of Mexico's three existing Central American free trade agreements.

These, held with Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and the Northern Triangle (Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador) were signed in 1995, 1998 and 2001, respectively.

According to the Mexican Economic Secretariat, progress was made in crucial areas, including market access, trade facilitation, technical barriers, intellectual property, trade protection, government procurement and dispute settlement.

Since the original treaties entered into force, bilateral trade between the partner countries has increased significantly. Mexican trade with Costa Rica has risen 200%, that with Nicaragua by 330%, and that with the Northern Triangle States by 200%.

A sixth round is scheduled for August.

TAGS: free trade agreement (FTA) | Nicaragua | trade treaty | Mexico | agreements | Costa Rica | Guatemala | trade | El Salvador | Honduras

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