Costa Rica-China Free Trade Agreement

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Table of Contents  
Preamble   ¡Regresar al inicio de la página!
 Chapter 1 Initial Provisions Back to top!
Article 1 Establishment of a Free Trade Area  
Article 2


Article 3 Relation to Other International Agreements  
Article 4 Extent of Obligations  
 Chapter 2 Definitions of General Application Back to top!
Article 5 Definitions  
Article 6

Country Specific Definitions

 Chapter 3 National Treatment and Market Access for Trade in Goods Back to top!
Article 7 Scope and Coverage  
Section A

National Treatment

Article 8 National Treatment  
Section B

Tariff Elimination

Article 9 Tariff Elimination  
Section C

Special Regimes

Article 10 Temporary Admission of Goods  
Section D

Non-Tariff Measures

Article 11 Import and Export Restrictions  
Article 12 Import Licensing  
Article 13 Administrative Fees and Formalities  
Section E

Other Measures

Article 14 Customs Valuation  
Section F


Article 15 Scope and Coverage  
Article 16 Agricultural Export Subsidies  
Article 17 Domestic Support Measures for Agricultural Goods  
Section G

Institutional Provisions

Article 18 Committee on Trade in Goods  
Section H


Article 19 Definitions  
  Annex 1: National Treatment and Import and Export RestrictionsPDF  
  Annex 2: Tariff Elimination  PDF  
  Schedule of the People's Republic of China PDF  
  Schedule of the Republic of Costa Rica  
  General Notes of the Republic of Costa Rica  
Chapter 4 Rules of Origin and Related Operational Procedures Back to top!
Section A

Rules of Origin

Article 20 Definitions  
Article 21 Originating Goods  
Article 22 Wholly Obtained Goods  
Article 23 Product Specific Rules  
Article 24 Change in Tariff Classification  
Article 25 Regional Value Content  
Article 26 Processing Operations  
Article 27 Accumulation  
Article 28 Minimal Operations or Processes that Do Not Confer Origin  
Article 29

De Minimis

Article 30

Fungible Materials and Goods

Article 31 Neutral Elements  
Article 32


Article 33 Packing, Packages and Containers  
Article 34 Accessories, Spare Parts and Tools  
Article 35 Direct Consignment  
Section B

Related Operational Procedures

Article 36 Definitions  
Article 37 Certificate of Origin  
Article 38 Authorized Bodies  
Article 39

Supporting Documents

Article 40 Preservation of Certificate of Origin and Supporting Documents  
Article 41 Obligations Regarding Importations  
Article 42 Refund of Import Customs Duties or Deposit  
Article 43 Exemption of Obligation of Submitting Certificate of Origin  
Article 44 Verification of Origin  
Article 45 Denial of Preferential Tariff Treatment  
Article 46 Committee on Rules of Origin  
  Annex 3: Product Specific Rules of Origin PDF  
  Annex 4: Certificate of Origin PDF  
Chapter 5 Customs Procedures Back to top!
Article 47


Article 48 Publication  
Article 49 Release of Goods  
Article 50 Use of Automated Systems  
Article 51 Cooperation  
Article 52 Risk Management  
Article 53 Express Shipments  
Article 54

Review and Appeal

Article 55


Article 56 Advance Rulings  
Chapter 6 Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures Back to top!
Article 57


Article 58 Scope  
Article 59


Article 60 Reaffirmation of Rights and Obligations  
Article 61 Regionalization  
Article 62 Equivalence  
Article 63 Risk Analysis  
Article 64 Control, Inspection and Approval Procedures  
Article 65 Transparency  
Article 66 Technical Cooperation  
Article 67 Committee on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Matters  
  Annex 5: Contact Points for Sanitary and Phytosanitary Matters  
Chapter 7 Technical Barriers to Trade Back to top!
Article 68 Objectives  
Article 69


Article 70 Definitions  
Article 71 Reaffirmation of Rights and Obligations  
Article 72

Technical Regulations

Article 73 Standards  
Article 74 Conformity Assessment Procedures  
Article 75 Transparency  
Article 76 Technical Cooperation  
Article 77 Committee on Technical Barriers to Trade  
  Annex 6: Contact Points for Technical Barriers to Trade PDF  
Chapter 8 Trade Remedies Back to top!
Section A

Global Safeguard Measures

Article 78 Global Safeguard Measures  
Section B

Bilateral Safeguard Measures

Article 79 Imposition of a Bilateral Safeguard Measure  
Article 80 Standards for a Definitive Bilateral Safeguard Measure  
Article 81 Investigation Procedures and Transparency Requirements  
Article 82 Provisional Bilateral Safeguard Measures  
Article 83 Notification and Consultation  
Article 84 Compensation and Suspension of Concessions  
Article 85


Section C

Antidumping and Countervailing Measures

Article 86 Antidumping and Countervailing Measures  
Section D

Dispute Settlement

Article 87 Dispute Settlement  
Section E


Article 88


Chapter 9 Investment, Trade in Services and Temporary Entry of Business PersonsBack to top!
Section A


Article 89


Section B

Trade in Services

Article 90


Article 91 Scope and Coverage  
Article 92 National Treatment  
Article 93 Market Access  
Article 94 Additional Commitments  
Article 95 Schedule of Specific Commitments  
Article 96 Domestic Regulation  
Article 97 Recognition  
Article 98 Transfers and Payments  
Article 99 Denial of Benefits  
Article 100 Transparency  
Article 101

Implementation and Review

Section C

Temporary Entry of Business Persons

Article 102 General Principles  
Article 103 Grant of Temporary Entry  
Article 104 Transparency  
Article 105 Working Group  
Article 106 Cooperation  
Article 107 Dispute Settlement  
Article 108 Definitions  
   Annex 7: Schedules of Specific Commitments  
  Section 1: Schedule of China  
  Section 2: Schedule of Costa Rica  
  Annex 8: Working Group on Temporary Entry of Business Persons  
Chapter 10 Intellectual Property Back to top!
Article 109


Article 110 General Provisions  
Article 111 Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore  
Article 112 Intellectual Property and Public Health  
Article 113 Technical Innovation and Transfer of Technology  
Article 114 Border Measures  
Article 115 Contact Points  
Article 116 Geographical Indications  
Article 117 Cooperation  
  Annex 9: Geographical Indications as Referred to in Article 116.1 (China’s Geographical Indications)  
  Annex 10: Geographical Indications as Referred to in Article 116.2 (Costa Rica’s Geographical Indications)  
Chapter 11 Cooperation, Promotion and Enhancement of Trade Relations Back to top!
Article 118 General Objective  
Article 119 Small and Medium Enterprises  
Article 120 Promotion of Innovation, Science and Technology  
Article 121 Export Promotion and Attraction of Investments  
Article 122 Culture, Sports and Recreation Activities  
Article 123 Agricultural Cooperation  
Article 124 Management of Natural Disasters  
Article 125 Private Dispute Resolution  
Article 126 Competition  
Article 127

Other Areas

Article 128 Mechanisms of Cooperation  
Chapter 12 Transparency Back to top!
Article 129 Publication  
Article 130 Notification and Provision of Information  
Article 131 Administrative Proceedings  
Article 132 Review and Appeal  
Article 133 Specific Rules  
Article 134 Definitions  
Chapter 13 Administration of the Agreement Back to top!
Article 135 The Free Trade Commission  
Article 136 Free Trade Agreement Coordinators  
Article 137 Administration of Dispute Settlement Proceedings  
Article 138 Committees and Working Groups  
Article 139 Contact Points  
  Annex 11: The Free Trade Commission  
  Annex 12: Implementation of Modifications Approved by the Free Trade Commission  
  Annex 13: Free Trade Agreement Coordinators  
Chapter 14 Dispute Settlement Back to top!
Article 140


Article 141 Scope of Application  
Article 142 Choice of Forum  
Article 143 Consultations  
Article 144 Good Offices, Conciliation and Mediation  
Article 145 Establishment of a Panel  
Article 146 Composition of a Panel  
Article 147 Functions of the Panel  
Article 148 Rules of Procedure of the Panel  
Article 149 Information and Technical Advice  
Article 150 Suspension or Termination of Proceedings  
Article 151 Report of the Panel  
Article 152 Request for Clarification of the Report  
Article 153

Implementation of the Panel Report

Article 154 Compliance Review  
Article 155 Compensation and Suspension of Concessions or Other Obligations  
Article 156 Post Suspension  
Article 157 Private Rights  
Article 158 Time Limits  
Chapter 15 Exceptions Back to top!
Article 159 General Exceptions  
Article 160 Security Exceptions  
Article 161


Article 162 Disclosure of Information  
Article 163 Restrictions to Safeguard the Balance of Payments  
Article 164


Chapter 16 Final Provisions Back to top!
Article 165 Annexes, Appendices, and Footnotes  
Article 166 Amendments  
Article 167

Amendment of the WTO Agreement

Article 168 Entry into Force and Termination  


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About the Agreement
  08 April 2010
  Entry into Force
  01 August 2011
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