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Central America - Chile
Text of the Agreement
  Background and Negotiations
   

At the II Summit of the Americas, held in Santiago, Chile in April 1998, the governments of Chile and the Central American countries - Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua, announced their intent to negotiate a free trade agreement. Negotiations were launched in Managua, Nicaragua in August of that year, and, after five rounds of negotiations, the agreement was signed on 18 October, 1999 in Guatemala City, Guatemala.

The agreement consists of a common set of disciplines, applicable to the relationship between Chile and each of the Central American countries, with bilateral protocols negotiated subsequently between Chile and each Central American country. As such, the agreement would enter into force in stages as bilateral negotiations concluded.

Documents relating to the negotiations
01 September 1999 Conclusion of normative part of the free trade agreement between Central America and Chile Spanish Word
17 August 1998 Launch of negotiations of free trade agreement between Chile . and the Central American countries Spanish Word
Source:  Ministerio de Comercio Exterior de Costa Rica (COMEX); Dirección General de Relaciones Económicas Internacionales, Chile (DIRECON)

  Entry Into Force
   

The Chile-Costa Rica bilateral protocol, signed on 18 November 1999, was the first of the bilateral protocols to enter into force, on 15 February 2002.

The Chile - El Salvador bilateral protocol, signed on 20 November 2000, entered into force on 3 June 2002.

On 22 November 2005 Honduras and Chile concluded their bilateral negotiations and initiated internal procedures for the ratification and entry into force of the agreement. The Chile-Honduras bilateral protocol entered into force on 18 July 2008. Chile and Guatemala concluded negotiations on 14 September 2007. On 07 December 2007 they signed their bilateral protocol.

On 23 February 2011, Chile and Nicaragua signed the corresponding bilateral protocol, completing the series of bilateral protocols signed between Chile and Central America under the framework of the FTA. The exchange of ratification instruments between Chile and Nicaragua -the final bilateral step in the process- took place on 24 September 2012. Free trade between Chile and Nicaragua is expected to become effective on 19 October 2012.

Documents relating to entry into force
24 September 2012 Chile-Nicaragua Bilateral Protocol to enter into force on 19 October 2012 spanish pdf
23 February 2011 Chile and Nicaragua sign bilateral brotocol spanish pdf
22 February 2010 Chile-Guatemala bilateral protocol expected to enter into force in March 2010 spanish pdf
18 July 2008 Chile-Honduras bilateral protocol enters into force Spanish PDF
07 December 2007 Chile and Guatemala sign bilateral protocol Spanish PDF
14 September 2007 Chile and Guatemala conclude negotiations Spanish PDF
03 August 2007 Chile and Guatemala continue negotiations of a bilateral protocol Spanish PDF
18 June 2007 Chile and Guatemala continue negotiations of a bilateral protocol Spanish PDF
22 November 2005 Honduras and Chile conclude bilateral free trade agreement negotiations Spanish PDF
03 June 2002 Chile-El Salvador bilateral protocol Spanish PDF
14 February 2002 Chile - Costa Rica free trade agreement enters into force on 15 February 2008 Spanish Word
  Chile-Costa Rica bilateral protocol Spanish PDF
31 July 2001 Chilean Parliament approves Chile-Costa Rica free trade agreement Spanish PDF
Source:  Ministerio de Comercio Exterior de Costa Rica (COMEX); Dirección General de Relaciones Económicas Internacionales, Chile (DIRECON)

  Implementation of the Agreement
   

Chapter 18 of the Agreement creates a Free Trade Commission, comprised of ministers, which objective is to oversee the implementation of the agreement.

Documents relating to the implementation
13 June 2017 Meeting of the Free Trade Commission Spanish PDF New!
15 December 2014 Nicaragua. Meeting of the Free Trade Commission Spanish PDF
26 November 2004 Meeting of Free Trade Commission (Chile, Costa Rica and El Salvador) Spanish PDF
03 September 2004 San José, Costa Rica. IV meeting of the Free Trade Commission Spanish PDF
Source:  Ministerio de Comercio Exterior de Costa Rica (COMEX)

The Commission has issued a number of decisions relating to the implementation of the agreement.

Decisions of the Free Trade Commission
18 October 2013 Decision 36. Incorporation of Nicaragua to the Rules of Origin Committee  Spanish PDF
18 October 2013 Decision 35. Adaptations to Annex 4.03, Section B  Spanish PDF
18 October 2013 Decision 34. Adoption of Rules and Procedures of the Free Trade Commission by Nicarauge  Spanish PDF
18 October 2013 Decision 33. Incorporation of Nicaragua to the Free Trade Commission  Spanish PDF
18 October 2013 Decision 32. List of Arbitrators in Article 19.09 and 19.10  Spanish PDF
17 October 2013 Decision 31. Adjustments to Annex 4.03, Section C  Spanish PDF
17 October 2013 Decision 30. Adjustments to Annex 4.03, Section C  Spanish PDF
16 October 2013 Decision 27. Adjustments to Annex 4.03, Section C  Spanish PDF
29 August 2012 Decision 26. General Procedure to Send and Receive Certificates of Origin  Spanish PDF
27 September 2011 Decision 24. List of Arbitrators Established in Article 19-09  Spanish PDF
21 August 2012 Decision 23. Adjustments to Annex 4.03  Spanish PDF
21 August 2012 Decision 22. Adjustments to Annex 4.03  Spanish PDF
27 September 2011 Decision 21. Adjustments to Annex 4.03, Section B  Spanish PDF
27 September 2011 Decision 20. Creation of the Rules of Origin Committee  Spanish PDF
27 September 2011 Decision 19. Adoption of Rules and Procedures of the Free Trade Commission by Guatemala and Honduras  Spanish PDF
27 September 2011 Decision 18. Incorporation of Guatemala and Honduras to the Free Trade Commission  Spanish PDF
22 January 2008 Decision 17. List of Arbitrators Established in Article 19-09  Spanish PDF
21 January 2008 Decision 16. Amendments to the Preferential Tariff Programs  Spanish PDF
5 December 2006 Decision 15. Amendments to Annex to Article 4.03 Section B-Specific Rules of Origin  Spanish PDF
5 December 2006 Decision 14. List of Arbitrators Established in Article 19-09  Spanish PDF
5 December 2006 Decision 13. Amendments to Annex to Article 4.03 Spanish PDF
4 December 2006 Decision 12. Amendments to tariff preferences Spanish PDF
4 December 2006 Decision 11. Amendments to Annex to Article 4.03 Section C-Specific Rules of Origin Spanish PDF
26 November 2004 Decision 10. Establishment of a consultative committee on private trade disputes set out in Article 19-21 Spanish PDF
26 November 2004 Decision 9. Approval of model rules of procedure established in Article 19.12 (model rules of procedure) and 19.10 (code of conduct) Spanish PDF
26 November 2004 Decision 8. Approval of the list of arbitrators set out in Article 19.09 (List of arbitrators) and 19.10 (qualities of the arbitrators) Spanish PDF
24 November 2004 Decision 7. Approval of the rules and procedures of the Free Trade Commission Spanish PDF
04 October 2004 Decision 6. Chile grants El Salvador a quota of one thousand five hundred metric tonnes of sugar (trade classifications 1701.91 and 1701.99) with a tariff of zero in 2005 Spanish PDF
05 October 2004 Decision 5. Chile grants Costa Rica a quota of one thousand five hundred metric tonnes of sugar (trade classifications 1701.91 and 1701.99) with a tariff of zero in 2005 Spanish PDF
29 April 2004 Decision 4. Chile grants El Salvador a quota of one thousand five hundred metric tonnes of sugar (trade classifications 1701.91 and 1701.99) with a tariff of zero in 2004 Spanish PDF
  Decision 3. Incorporates El Salvador into the Free Trade Commission, the Free Trade subcommission and the Secretariat of the Chile-Central America free trade agreement
29 April 2004 Decision 2. Chile grants Costa Rica a quota of one thousand five hundred metric tonnes of sugar (trade classifications 1701.91 and 1701.99) with a tariff of zero in 2004 Spanish PDF
12 April 2002 Decision 1. Constitution of the Free Trade Commission, the Free Trade subcommission and the Secretariat Spanish PDF
Source:  Ministerio de Comercio Exterior de Costa Rica (COMEX); Ministerio de Economía, Guatemala; Servicio Nacional de Aduanas, Chile
  Related Articles and Studies
   
March 2016 DIRECON. Evaluación de las Relaciones Comerciales entre Chile y Guatemala en el marco del Tratado de Libre Comercio Chile-Centroamérica Spanish PDF
March 2016 Ministerio de Economía, Guatemala. Evaluación de las Relaciones Comerciales entre Guatemala y Chile Spanish PDF
February 2015 Dirección General de Relaciones Económicas Internacionales, Chile (DIRECON). Análisis de las relaciones comerciales entre Chile y Centroamérica en el marco del Tratado de Libre Comercio Spanish PDF
March 2014 Ministerio de Economía, Guatemala. Evaluación de las relaciones comerciales entre Guatemala y Chile (2007-2014) Spanish PDF
March 2014 Ministerio de Economía, Guatemala. Evaluación de las relaciones comerciales entre Guatemala y Chile (2007-2013) Spanish PDF
July 2013 DIRECON. Evaluación de las Relaciones Comerciales entre Chile y Guatemala a Tres Años de la Entrada en Vigencia del Protocolo Bilateral del Tratado de Libre Comercio Chile-Centroamérica Spanish PDF
July 2013 DIRECON. Evaluación de las Relaciones Comerciales entre Chile y Honduras a Cinco Años de la Entrada en Vigencia del Protocolo Bilateral del Tratado de Libre Comercio Chile-Centroamérica Spanish PDF
April 2013 Ministerio de Economía, Guatemala. Evaluación del Tratado de Libre Comercio Guatemala-Chile Spanish PDF
January 2008 COMEX. Cinco años del Tratado de Libre Comercio Chile Centroamérica Spanish PDF
April 2005 DIRECON. Resumen del Tratado de Libre Comercio Chile-Centroamérica Spanish PDF
April 2005 El comercio y la inversión entre Costa Rica y Chile bajo el TLC en el 2002 Spanish PDF
1999 COMEX. Documento Explitativo: Tratado de Libre Comercio entre la República de Costa Rica y la República de Chile Spanish PDF

  Sources
   
 

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