Costa Rica formalizes El Salvador trade claim

Costa Rica has decided to go ahead and file a formal complaint against the government of El  Salvador in a dispute over preferences in import duties.

The complaint is being filed under the Free Trade Treaty with the United States and Central America. The formal filing had been threatened in an effort to engage in negotiations.

Costa Rica said that El Salvador interprets the trade treaty as only providing favorable customs duty for items coming from the United States. The Ministerio de Comercio Exterior  is bringing the complaint and says Costa Rica insists that all the countries in the treaty are afforded import duty preferences.

An arbitration panel was set up in April, and the complaint goes there.

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