The Chamber of the Food Industry (CACIA) expressed is total disagreement regarding the Costa Rica-Colombia FTA.
According to José Manuel Hernando, President of CACIA, no reasons were found to justify a change in the delicate political and economic agreements that led to the closure of this bilateral negotiation.
We know that some companies in the food industry initially showed interest in exporting; However, as COMEX was able to verify, these wills were practically annulled, not because of the conditions agreed between both countries, but because of the existence of a Colombian exchange rate band that distort price systems, making them great obstacles for the international trade,
The treaty revision has included 321 tariff items, out of which there is an important group of the sector that has a protection condition.
In addition, the tariff items under revision consider products such as flours, pastas, modified milks, biscuits, confections, chocolates, baking, sauces, soups, ice creams among others.
Recently, the Chamber of Pork Production stated that Colombia presents a series of internal conditions that facilitate its competitiveness and therefore the disposition to have a better opening of the market.
An important aspect is that the request of refusal from the food industry includes the entire process of the Pacific Alliance (AP).