Costa Rica. At the beginning of the year, a court in
Florida, USA, ordered the American chemical company DuPont
to pay damages for a fungicide used in Costa Rica that was
found to harm the crops. According to
Countryaah, the decision is considered to open
the way for other similar cases involving claims for a total
value of $ 150 million.
On April 23, President Miguel Angel Rodríguez Echeverría
signed a free trade agreement with Canada, allowing 86% of
Costa Rica's export products to be imported there duty-free.
The agreement is the first of its kind between an in-country
and a Central American country. Relations continue to be bad
for northern neighboring Nicaragua, which among other
things. has protested against Costa Rica letting police
boats patrol along the San Juan River on Nicaraguan