Summary of the UK-Central America association agreement

Information on the trade agreement with Central America, replicating the effects of the EU-Central America agreement.

This agreement will take effect if the UK leaves the EU with no deal.

What the agreement covers

The agreement establishes a political and economic association between the UK and the Central American countries. It maintains the effects of the EU-Central America agreement.

The countries that will be covered by this agreement are:

  • Costa Rica
  • El Salvador
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • Nicaragua
  • Panama

The UK-Central America agreement covers:

  • trade in goods and services, including provisions on rules of origin, preferential tariffs and quotas
  • intellectual property
  • geographical indications
  • government procurement

It replicates wider elements of the EU-Central America agreement such as provisions on political dialogue and other forms of cooperation, including on human rights.

When the agreement is active

This agreement will take effect after Brexit, when the EU-Central America agreement no longer applies to the UK.


If you have queries about trade after Brexit contact the Department for International Trade (DIT).

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Published 8 August 2019