Economic Partnership Agreement between the CARIFORUM States and the European Community
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Part I Trade Partnership for Sustainable Development Back to top!
Article 1 Objectives  
Article 2 Principles  
Article 3 Sustainable Development  
Article 4 Regional Integration  
Article 5 Monitoring  
Article 6 Cooperation in International Fora  
Article 7 Development Cooperation  
Article 8 Cooperation Priorities  
Part II Trade and Trade-Related Matters Back to top!
   Title I Trade in Goods  
   Chapter 1 Customs Duties  
Article 9 Scope  
Article 10 Rules of Origin  
Article 11 Customs Duty  
Article 12 Classification of Goods  
Article 13 Fees and Other Charges  
Article 14 Elimination of Customs Duties on Originating Exports  
Article 15 Customs Duties on Imports of Products Originating in the CARIFORUM States  
Article 16 Customs Duties on Imports of Products Originating in the EC Party  
Article 17 Modification of Tariff Commitments  
Article 18 Movement of Goods  
Article 19 More Favourable Treatment Resulting From Free Trade Agreements  
Article 20 Special Provisions on Administrative Cooperation  
Article 20 bis    
Article 21 Treatment of Administrative Errors  
Article 22 Cooperation  
   Chapter 2 Trade Defence Instruments Back to top!
Article 23 Anti-dumping and Countervailing Measures  
Article 24 Multilateral Safeguards  
Article 25 Safeguard Clause  
   Chapter 3 Non-Tariff Measures Back to top!
Article 26 Prohibition of Quantitative Restrictions  
Article 27 National Treatment on Internal Taxation and Regulation  
Article 28 Agricultural Export Subsidies  
   Chapter 4 Customs and Trade Facillitation Back to top!
Article 29 Objectives  
Article 30 Customs and Administrative Cooperation  
Article 31 Customs Legislation and Procedures  
Article 32 Relations with the Business Community  
Article 33 Customs Valuation  
Article 34 Regional Integration  
Article 35 Cooperation  
Article 36 Special Committee on Customs Cooperation and Trade Facilitation  
   Chapter 5 Agriculture and Fisheries Back to top!
Article 37 Objectives  
Article 38 Regional Integration  
Article 39 Enabling Policies  
Article 40 Food Security  
Article 41 Exchange of Information and Consultation  
Article 42 Traditional Agricultural Products  
Article 43 Cooperation  
   Chapter 6 Technical Barriers to Trade Back to top!
Article 44 Multilateral Obligations  
Article 45 Objectives  
Article 46 Scope and Definition  
Article 47 Regional Collaboration and Integration  
Article 48 Transparency  
Article 49 Exchange of Information and Consultation  
Article 50 Cooperation in International Bodies  
Article 51 Cooperation  
   Chapter 7 Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures Back to top!
Article 52 Multilateral obligations  
Article 53 Objectives  
Article 54 Scope and Definitions  
Article 55 Competent Authorities  
Article 56 Regional Collaboration and Integration  
Article 57 Transparency  
Article 58 Exchange of Information and Consultation  
Article 59 Cooperation  
   Title II Investment, Trade in Services and E-Commerce Back to top!
   Chapter 1 General Provisions  
Article 60 Objective, Scope and Coverage  
Article 61 Definitions  
Article 62 Future Liberalisation  
Article 63 Application to the Commonwealth of the Bahamas and the Republic of Haiti  
Article 64 Regional CARIFORUM integration  
   Chapter 2 Commercial Presence Back to top!
Article 65 Definitions  
Article 66 Coverage  
Article 67 Market Access  
Article 68 National Treatment  
Article 69 Lists of Commitments  
Article 70 Most-Favoured-Nation Treatment  
Article 71 Other Agreements  
Article 72 Behaviour of Investors  
Article 73 Maintenance of Standards  
Article 74 Review  
   Chapter 3 Cross Border Supply of Services Back to top!
Article 75 Coverage and definitions  
Article 76 Market Access  
Article 77 National Treatment  
Article 78 Lists of Commitments  
Article 79 Most-Favoured-Nation Treatment  
   Chapter 4 Temporary Presence of Natural Persons for Business Purpose Back to top!
Article 80 Coverage and Definitions  
Article 81 Key Personnel and Graduate Trainees  
Article 82 Business Services Sellers  
Article 83 Contractual Services Suppliers and Independent Professionals  
Article 84 Short Term Visitors for Business Purposes  
   Chapter 5 Regulatory Framework Back to top!
   Section 1 Provisions of General Application Back to top!
Article 85 Mutual Recognition  
Article 86 Transparency  
Article 87 Procedures  
   Section 2 Computer Services Back to top!
Article 88 Understanding on Computer Services  
   Section 3 Courier Services Back to top!
Article 89 Scope and Definitions  
Article 90 Prevention of Anti-competitive Practices in the Courier Sector  
Article 91 Universal Service  
Article 92 Individual Licences  
Article 93 Independence of the Regulatory Bodies  
   Section 4 Telecommunications Services Back to top!
Article 94 Definitions and Scope  
Article 95 Regulatory Authority  
Article 96 Authorisation to Provide Telecommunications Services  
Article 97 Competitive Safeguards on Major Suppliers  
Article 98 Interconnection  
Article 99 Scarce Resources  
Article 100 Universal Service  
Article 101 Confidentiality of Information  
Article 102 Disputes Between Suppliers  
   Section 5 Financial Services Back to top!
Article 103 Scope and Definitions  
Article 104 Prudential carve-out  
Article 105 Effective and Transparent Regulation  
Article 106 New Financial Services  
Article 107 Data Processing  
Article 108 Specific Exceptions  
   Section 6 International Maritime Transport Services Back to top!
Article 109 Scope, Definitions and Principles  
   Section 7 Tourism Services Back to top!
Article 110 Scope  
Article 111 Prevention of Anticompetitive Practices  
Article 112 Access to Technology  
Article 113 Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Back to top!
Article 114 Mutual Recognition  
Article 115 Increasing the Impact of Tourism on Sustainable Development  
Article 116 Environmental and Quality Standards  
Article 117 Development Cooperation and Technical Assistance  
Article 118 Exchange of Information and Consultation  
   Chapter 6 Electronic Commerce Back to top!
Article 119 Objective and Principles  
Article 120 Regulatory Aspects of E-Commerce  
   Chapter 7 Cooperation Back to top!
Article 121 Cooperation  
   Title III Current Payments and Capital Movement Back to top!
Article 122 Current Payments  
Article 123 Capital Movements  
Article 124 Safeguard Measures  
   Title IV Trade Related Issues Back to top!
   Chapter 1 Competition  
Article 125 Definitions  
Article 126 Principles  
Article 127 Implementation  
Article 128 Exchange of Information and Enforcement Cooperation  
Article 129 Public Enterprises and Enterprises Entrusted with Special or Exclusive Rights, Including Designated Monopolies Back to top!
Article 130 Cooperation  
   Chapter 2 Innovation and Intellectual Property  
Article 131 Context  
Article 132 Objectives  
   Section 1 Innovation Back to top!
Article 133 Regional integration  
Article 134 Participation in Framework Programmes  
Article 135 Cooperation in the Area of Competitiveness and Innovation  
Article 136 Cooperation on Science and Technology  
Article 137 Cooperation on Information Society and Information and Communication Technologies  
Article 138 Cooperation on Eco-Innovation and Renewable Energy  
   Section 2 Intellectual Property Back to top!
   Subsection 1 Principles  
Article 139 Nature and Scope of Obligations  
Article 140 Least-Developed Countries  
Article 141 Regional integration  
Article 142 Transfer of Technology  
   Subsection 2 Standards Concerning Intellectual Property Rights Back to top!
Article 143 Copyright and Related Rights  
Article 144 Trade marks  
Article 145 Geographical Indications  
Article 146 Industrial Designs  
Article 147 Patents  
Article 148 Utility Models  
Article 149 Plant Varieties  
Article 150 Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore  
   Subsection 3 Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights Back to top!
Article 151 General Obligations  
Article 152 Entitled Applicants  
Article 153 Evidence  
Article 154 Measures for Preserving Evidence  
Article 155 Right of Information  
Article 156 Provisional and Precautionary Measures  
Article 157 Corrective Measures  
Article 158 Injunctions  
Article 159 Alternative Measures  
Article 160 Damages  
Article 161 Legal Costs  
Article 162 Publication of Judicial Decisions  
Article 163 Border Measures  
   Subsection 4 Cooperation Back to top!
Article 164 Cooperation  
   Chapter 3 Public Procurement Back to top!
Article 165 General Objective  
Article 166 Definitions  
Article 167 Scope  
Article 168 Transparency of Government Procurement  
Article 169 Methods of Procurement  
Article 170 Selective Tendering  
Article 171 Limited Tendering  
Article 172 Rules of Origin  
Article 173 Technical Specifications  
Article 174 Qualification of Suppliers  
Article 175 Negotiations  
Article 176 Opening of Tenders and Awarding of Contracts  
Article 177 Information on Contract Award  
Article 178 Time Limits  
Article 179 Bid Challenges  
Article 180 Implementation Period  
Article 181 Review Clause  
Article 182 Cooperation  
   Chapter 4 Environment Back to top!
Article 183 Objectives and Sustainable Development Context  
Article 184 Levels of Protection and Right to Regulate  
Article 185 Regional Integration and Use of International Environmental Standards  
Article 186 Scientific Information  
Article 187 Transparency  
Article 188 Upholding Levels of Protection  
Article 189 Consultation and Monitoring Process  
Article 190 Cooperation  
   Chapter 5 Social Aspects Back to top!
Article 191 Objectives and Multilateral Commitments  
Article 192 Levels of Protection and Right to Regulate  
Article 193 Upholding Levels of Protection  
Article 194 Regional Integration  
Article 195 Consultation and Monitoring Process  
Article 196 Cooperation  
   Chapter 6 Protection of Personal Data Back to top!
Article 197 General Objective  
Article 198 Definitions  
Article 199 Principles and General Rules  
Article 200 Coherence with International Commitments  
Article 201 Cooperation  
Part III Dispute Avoidance and Settlement Back to top!
Article 202 Objective  
Article 203 Scope  
   Chapter 1 Consultations and Mediation Back to top!
Article 204 Consultations  
Article 205 Mediation  
   Chapter 2 Dispute Settlement Procedures Back to top!
   Section 1 Arbitration Procedure  
Article 206 Initiation of the Arbitration Procedure  
Article 207 Establishment of the Arbitration Panel  
Article 208 Interim Panel Report  
Article 209 Arbitration Panel Ruling  
   Section 2 Compliance  
Article 210 Compliance With the Arbitration Panel Ruling  
Article 211 The Reasonable Period of Time for Compliance  
Article 212 Review of any Measure Taken to Comply With the Arbitration Panel Ruling  
Article 213 Temporary Remedies in Case of Non-compliance  
Article 214 Review of any Measure Taken to Comply After the Adoption of Appropriate Measures  
   Section 3 Common Provisions  
Article 215 Mutually Agreed Solution  
Article 216 Rules of Procedure  
Article 217 Information and Technical Advice  
Article 218 Languages of the Submissions  
Article 219 Rules of Interpretation  
Article 220 Arbitration Panel Rulings  
Article 221 List of Arbitrators  
Article 222 Relation With WTO Obligations  
Article 223 Time Lines  
Part IV General Exceptions Back to top!
Article 224 General Exception Clause  
Article 225 Security Exceptions  
Article 226 Taxation  
Part V Institutional Provisions Back to top!
Article 227 Joint CARIFORUM-EC Council  
Article 228 Composition and Rules of Procedures  
Article 229 Decision-making Powers and Procedures  
Article 230 CARIFORUM-EC Trade and Development Committee  
Article 231 CARIFORUM-EC Parliamentary Committee  
Article 232 CARIFORUM-EC Consultative Committee  
Part VI General and Final Provisions Back to top!
Article 233 Definition of the Parties and Fulfilment of Obligations  
Article 234 Coordinators and Exchange of Information  
Article 235 Transparency  
Article 236 Dialogue on Finance Issues  
Article 237 Collaboration in the Fight Against Illegal Financial Activities  
Article 238 Regional Preference  
Article 239 Outermost Regions of the European Community  
Article 240 Balance of Payments Difficulties  
Article 241 Relations With the Cotonou Agreement  
Article 242 Relations With the WTO Agreement  
Article 243 Entry into Force  
Article 244 Duration  
Article 245 Territorial Application  
Article 246 Revision Clause  
Article 247 Accession of New EU Member States  
Article 248 Accession  
Article 249 Authentic Texts  
Article 250 Annexes Back to top!
Annexes   Back to top!
  Annex I: Export Duties PDF Format  
  Annex II:Customs Duties on Products Originating in CARIFORUM States PDF Format  
  Annex III: Customs Duties on Products Originating in the EC Party PDF Format  
  Appendix 1 to Annex III: Schedule of Tariff Liberalisation of the CARIFORUM States PDF Format  
  Appendix 2 to Annex III: Tariff Rate quota for milk powder in the Dominican Republic PDF Format  
  Annex IV: Lists of Commitments on Investment and Trade in Services PDF Format  
  Annex V: Enquiry Points (referred to in Article 86) PDF Format  
  Annex VI: Covered Procurements PDF Format  
  Annex VII: Means of Publication PDF Format  
  Protocols Back to top!
  Protocol I: Concerning the Definition of the Concept of ‘Originating Products’ and Methods of Administrative Cooperation PDF Format  
  Protocol II: On Mutual Administrative Assistance in Customs Matters PDF Format  
  Protocol III: On Cultural Cooperation  
  Final Act PDF Format Back to top!
  Joint Declarations PDF Format Back to top!
Full Text of the Agreement PDF Format (10.3 MB) Back to top!
Source: Official Journal of the European Union Sitio web fuera del dominio www.sice.oas.org  
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About the Agreement
  15 October 2008
  Entry into Force
  Provisional application:
29 December 2008
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