GENEVA, June 18 Panama has launched a complaint
at the World Trade Organization to challenge Colombia over its
import tariffs on textiles, apparel and footwear, the WTO said
in a statement on Tuesday.
Panama is arguing that Colombia's effective import tariff on
those products is higher than the maximum allowed under its WTO
membership agreement, the WTO said. Panama also says Colombia
wrongly imposes specific duties on the imports in the dispute.
It is the third time that Panama has complained to the WTO
about the way Colombia treats its imports. The first complaint
was withdrawn in 2006 after the two agreed a solution. Colombia
lost the second in 2009 and was told to bring its laws into line
with the WTO rules.
Details of the latest dispute were not immediately available
and are likely to be published by the WTO later this week.
Under WTO rules, the filing triggers a 60-day period in
which Colombia can try to settle the dispute. After the 60 days,
Panama can ask the WTO to judge the matter.
Panama is also pursuing a wide-ranging WTO dispute against
Argentina, which it launched in December last year, and will
trigger the WTO's adjudication process at a meeting next week,
having failed to resolve the problem at the negotiating table.
(Reporting by Tom Miles; Editing by Kevin Liffey)