Panama has filed a WTO request for consultations against Colombia’s regime on textile imports
Already on June 18th, 2013 Panama has asked the WTO World Trade Organisation’s Dispute Settlement Body to take-up consultations on Colombia’s new import regime on textiles, apparel and footwear
After citing the critical issues of the measure implied by Columbia, Panama hopes that Colombia will be able to provide a full and detailed explanation, concerning the duration, scope and operation of the compound tariff introduced. In order to facilitate this type of explanation, Panama specifies that it is requesting these consultations as contemplated in the aforementioned legal instruments, as well as with respect to any other regulation, instruction, administrative or judicial pract9ice, method of determination or calculation, or guideline amending, supplementing, complementing, developing, or in any case relating to the regulatory instruments expressively referred to.
Panama voices the view that the compound tariff would appear to be inconsistent with Colombia’s obligations under the WTO Agreement.