Avocado Conflict: Panel of Arbitrators is Formed

The WTO was part of the panel of experts that will resolve Mexico's lawsuit against Costa Rica, arising from the barriers imposed by the Costa Rican authorities to import the fruit.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

The trade conflict emerged because of the barriers that Costa Rica imposes since 2014 to the entry of avocado from Mexico. Because the dispute remains unresolved, the authorities of the North American country requested last November 27 to the World Trade Organization (WTO) to submit the case to an arbitration panel.

Nacion.com reviews that "... The Dispute Settlement Body of the multilateral trade body formed the group at its meeting on Tuesday December 18th, as reported on the WTO official website."

The article adds that ".... In this way, the matter remains entirely in the hands of the panel of arbitrators and its decision will be mandatory. The plaintiff country can request from fines to sanctions by means of tariffs to products of export of the accused country, to compensate the economic damage by the trade measures."

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