Panama Takes Ecuador Conflict to WTO

The country began the process in response to measures applied by Ecuador to legal, finance and trade services.

Friday, September 18, 2009

This was confirmed by Alberto Vallarino, Economy and Finance minister, in a communication with Commerce and Industry minister Roberto Henríquez.

"A possible action against Ecuador in the World Trade Organization is among the measures included in the national strategy for promoting and protecting Panama's international services", reported newspaper

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Panama and Ecuador Seek Tax Agreement

September 2009

A committee composed of Economy and Foreign Relationships ministers will seek tax and trade agreements.

This way, they will look to stop Panama's complaints against Ecuador before the World Trade Organization, which protested the application of discriminatory trade measures.

Ecuadoran measures affect the Colon Free Zone

February 2009

The measures taken by Ecuador to increase the tariffs on 600 imported products has paralized shipments from the Colon Free Zone (ZLC). reports on its website: "Members of the board of directors of the Association of Users of the ZLC confirmed that they are proceeding to request the help of Panamanian authorities to resolve the conflict.

Dominican Rep. Removes Tariff on Polypropylene

March 2012

By eliminating the tariff of 38%, conditions for the export of tubular fabric and polypropylene bags to the Dominican Republic return to normal.

A statement from the Ministry of Foreign Trade of Costa Rica:

The Dominican Republic will comply with WTO recommendations before April 30th

Panama Considers Trade Retaliation Against Colombia

January 2014

The Panamanian government could implement measures against Colombia because of its extension of the tariff on re-exports from the Colon Free Zone.

Roberto Henríquez, Minister of the Presidency of Panama confirmed that Panama is looking at implementing retaliatory measures against Colombia because of the extra tariffs on re-exports of shoes and clothing from the Colon Free Zone (CFZ) tariff.

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