CARICOM-Costa Rica Free Trade Agreement

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Part One General Part to the top!
Chapter I Initial Provisions and Institutional Arrangements  
Section I Initial Provisions  
Article I.01 Establishment of the Free Trade Area  
Article I.02 Objectives  
Article I.03 Relation to Other Agreements  
Article I.04 Observance of the Agreement  
Article I.05 Succession of Treaties  
Section II Institutional Arrangements  
Article I.06 The Joint Council  
Article I.07 The Free Trade Coordinators  
Article I.08 Committees  
  Annex I.06.9: Implementation of the Modifications Approved by the Joint Council pdf  
  Annex I.07.2(f): Remuneration and Payment of Expenses pdf  
Chapter II General Definitions  
Article II.01 Definitions of General Application  
  Annex II.01: Specific Definitions pdf  
Part Two Trade in Goods to the top!
Chapter III National Treatment and Access of Goods to the Market  
Article III.01 Definitions  
Article III.02 Scope of Application  
Section I National Treatment  
Article III.03 National Treatment  
Section II Tariffs  
Article III.04 Tariff Elimination  
Article III.05 Temporary Admission of Goods  
Article III.06 Duty-Free Entry of Certain Commercial Samples and Printed Advertising Materials  
Article III.07 Goods Re-Entered after Repair, Renovation or Improvement  
Article III.08 Customs Valuation  
Section III Non-Tariff Measures  
Article III.09 Import and Export Restrictions  
Article III.10 Customs User Fees  
Article III.11 Consular Fees  
Article III.12 Marks of Origin  
Article III.13 Support, Internal Aid and Subsidies to Exports  
Article III.14 Export Competition and Domestic Support for Agricultural Goods  
Article III.15 Export Taxes  
Article III.16 Safeguard Measures  
Article III.17 Consultations and Committee on Market Access  
  Annex III.04.2: Costa Rica – CARICOM Tariff Elimination Schedule pdf  
  Annex III.04.6: Goods produced by companies operating under Free Trade Zone Regimes eligible for tariff elimination benefits pdf  
Chapter IV Rules of Origin  
Article IV.01 Definitions  
Article IV.02 Application Instruments  
Article IV.03 Originating Goods  
Article IV.04 Value of non-originating materials  
Article IV.05 De Minimis  
Article IV.06 Accumulation  
Article IV.07 Sets or Assortments of Goods  
Article IV.08 Indirect Material  
Article IV.09 Accessories, Spare or Replacement Parts and Tools  
Article IV.10 Packaging Materials and Containers for Retail Sale  
Article IV.11 Packaging Materials and Containers for Shipment  
Article IV.12 Operations and Practices that Do Not Confer Origin  
Article IV.13 Direct Transport  
  Annex IV.03: Specific Rules of Origin pdf  
Chapter V Customs Procedures  
Article V.01 Definitions  
Article V.02 Certificate of Origin  
Article V.03 The Functions and Obligations of the Certifying Authorities Responsible for Origin Certification  
Article V.04 Obligations Regarding Imports  
Article V.05 Obligations Regarding Exports  
Article V.06 Exceptions  
Article V.07 Records  
Article V.08 Procedures for Verification of Origin  
Article V.09 Review and Appeal  
Article V.10 Penalties  
Article V.11 Advanced Rulings  
Article V.12 Uniform Regulations  
Article V.13 Cooperation  
Article V.14 Invoicing by a Third-Country Operator  
Article V.15 Confidentiality  
Chapter VI Antidumping Measures  
Article VI.01 Antidumping Measures  
Chapter VII Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures  
Article VII.01 Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures  
Chapter VIII Technical Barriers to Trade  
Article VIII.01 Technical Barriers to Trade  
Part Three Services and Investment to the top!
Chapter IX Services  
Article IX.01 General Provisions  
Article IX.02 Services  
Chapter X Investment  
Article X.01 General Provisions  
Article X.02 Definitions  
Article X.03 Promotion and Admission  
Article X.04 Protection  
Article X.05 National and Most Favored Nation Treatment  
Article X.06 Expropriation and Compensation  
Article X.07 Compensation for Losses  
Article X.08 Transfers  
Article X.09 Application of Other Rules  
Article X.10 Subrogation  
Article X.11 Settlement of Investment Disputes Between One Party and Investors of the Other Party  
Chapter XI Temporary Entry  
Article XI.01 Temporary Entry  
Part Four Administrative and Institutional Provisions to the top!
Chapter XII Publication, Notification, Information and Administration of Laws  
Article XII.01 Contact Points  
Article XII.02 Publication and Notification  
Article XII.03 Notification and Supplying Information  
Article XII.04 Review and Appeal  
Chapter XIII Dispute Settlement  
Article XIII.01 Cooperation  
Article XIII.02 Scope of Coverage  
Article XIII.03 WTO Dispute Settlement  
Article XIII.04 Perishable Goods  
Article XIII.05 Consultations  
Article XIII.06 Alternative Methods of Dispute Resolution  
Article XIII.07 Establishment of a Panel  
Article XIII.08 Roster  
Article XIII.09 Qualifications of Panelists  
Article XIII.10 Panel Selection  
Article XIII.11 Rules of Procedure  
Article XIII.12 Role of Experts  
Article XIII.13 Initial Report  
Article XIII.14 Final Report  
Article XIII.15 Implementation of Final Report  
Article XIII.16 Suspension of Benefits  
Article XIII.17 Judicial or Administrative Proceedings  
Article XIII.18 Private Rights  
Article XIII.19 Alternative Dispute Resolution  
  Annex XIII.01: Nullification and Impairment pdf  
Part Five Other Provisions to the top!
Chapter XIV Competition Policy  
Article XIV.01 Cooperation  
Article XIV.02 Future Work Program  
Chapter XV Government Procurement  
Article XV.01 Government Procurement  
Part Six Final Provisions to the top!
Chapter XVI Exceptions  
Article XVI.01 General Exceptions  
Article XVI.02 National Security  
Article XVI.03 Taxation and Double Taxation  
Article XVI.04 Balance of Payments  
Article XVI.05 Exceptions to the Disclosure of Information  
Chapter XVII Final Provisions to the top!
Article XVII.01 Annexes and Footnotes  
Article XVII.02 Amendments  
Article XVII.03 Entry into Force  
Article XVII.04 Provisional Application  
Article XVII.05 Reservations  
Article XVII.06  Accession  
Article XVII.07 Termination  
Article XVII.08 Authentic Texts  
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    Spanish version
About the Agreement
  09 March 2004
  Entry into Force

Costa Rica - Barbados:

  01 August 2006
  Costa Rica - Belize:
  10 March 2011
  Costa Rica - Guyana:
  30 April 2006
  Costa Rica - Jamaica:
  01 June 2015
  Costa Rica - Trinidad and Tobago:
  15 November 2005
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