Pork: Import Investigation Requested

Arguing that imports may be close to reaching the level of automatic activation of the special safeguard mechanism, the Panamanian government ordered an investigation into pork purchases made from companies in the United States.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

The General Directorate of Trade Defence has analyzed the information available through periodic reports requested from the National Customs Authority on imports of the goods described above and has submitted a report warning that such imports may be close to reaching the level of automatic activation of the special agricultural safeguard mechanism, explains the resolution of the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MICI).

See "Central America Consumes More Pork Meat"

According to Resolution No. 001 of January 13, 2020, which was published on January 16 in the Official Digital Journal, the investigation will be conducted in an abbreviated form.

The official document states that "... orders the initiation of an ex officio investigation through a summary and abbreviated procedure to confirm if the activation level of the special agricultural safeguard mechanism established in the Trade Promotion Treaty in force between the Republic of Panama and the United States of America is fulfilled, for the tariff items of pork meat subject to this mechanism according to Article 3.17 and Annex 3.17 of said agreement."

Prensa.com review that "... Once the safeguard is activated, importers would have to pay a regular tariff between 40% and 70% to introduce pork into Panama. The measure would apply to pork in the canal or half-canal, leg, shoulder, and their bone-in pieces, hams, and pork ribs."

See Resolution No. 001 (in Spanish).

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