EU Free Trade Agreement with Central America

Posted on: 09/10/2013

As of 1 October 2013, a comprehensive free trade agreement (FTA) between the European Union (EU) and the Central American countries was extended to cover Costa Rica and El Salvador. Honduras, Panama, and Nicaragua ratified the agreement earlier in the year 1st August 2013.  Guatemala has not yet so the FTA does not apply to them yet. Although the ratification of the agreement by the EU member states is still awaited, this does not affect the provisional application of the FTA and the Movement Certificate (EUR.1) may now apply for exports to these markets and supplies into the EU. This certificate confirms that the goods qualify under the preference origin rules of the FTA and must not be raised or presented to customs at import without having evidence that the goods do qualify.

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