THE BUSINESS OF INTERNATIONAL TRADE
The British Embassy in San Jose, Costa Rica, has been working with local UK Department for International Trade (DIT) professionals to help offer additional customs training for Costa Rican officials.
The move comes ahead of the UK-Central America Association Agreement (UK-CAAA), which comes into force from January 1, 2021, which will provide regulatory continuity for trade between the UK and Central American countries including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama.
Discussing the training, Director for DIT Costa Rica, Luisa Pastor, said that "The UK-CAAA guarantees, among other things, that Costa Rican products will continue to be distributed in the UK. Similarly, it ensures that British products that are in high demand in the Costa Rican market, like whisky, continue to be consumed, without price variations, thereby benefitting everyone."
Costa Rica ratified the UK-CAAA in October 2019, and the DIT has praised its officials for playing a fundamental role in the upcoming agreement's implementation. Ms Pastor added that "Their willingness is a reflection of the support that we have received from the central government and the Legislative Assembly, who have always championed the signature and later ratification of the agreement."
More details on the UK-Central America Association Agreement can be found at www.gov.uk/government/collections/uk-central-america-association-agreement
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