Doubts Over Continuity of Colombian Tariffs

An end has been reached to the additional time period requested by Colombia to continue charging the 10% tariff on textiles and footwear coming from the Colon Free Zone, but it is not known whether they will continue to implement the measure.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

The World Trade Organization (WTO) ruled in favor of Panama and ordered Colombia to stop charging the tariff, but despite this, the South American country extended the measure until November. explains that "...To add uncertainty to the outcome, sources related to the issue confirmed that in recent weeks a draft document circulated containing what would be a new decree by Colombia, but it is not known whether this is an official document."

"... 'For us it is clear that this is illegal and must be dismantled and free trade allowed' said Surse Pierpoint, general manager of the Colon Free Zone (CFZ), which has been the main party affected in the country because of this Colombian measure.'Those who are still losing out are Colombian consumers and the CFZ because of disclarity in this case'. "

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Panama: Conflict Continues Over Colombian Tariffs

May 2017

A deferral has been made for a compliance panel which was requested by Panama to verify whether or not Colombia has complied with the WTO ruling in the dispute over Panamanian textile and footwear tariffs. reports that "...Panama called on the World Trade Organization (WTO) to establish a panel to determine whether or not Colombia complied with the organization's ruling which put pressure on Bogotá to withdraw a tariff on imports of Panamanian textiles, clothing and footwear."

Panama: Colombia Maintains Special Tariff Collection

April 2016

An extension has been granted, until July 30, on the charging of a tariff imposed by Colombia on footwear, textiles and clothing coming from the Colon Free Zone.  

Colombia's decision to extend the collection of mixed tariffs on imports of footwear, textiles and clothing from the Colon Free Zone until 30 July, has caused opposition among Panamanian businessmen.

Panama: Colombian Excess Tariffs Wont Hinder FTA

June 2013

The Minister of Commerce and Industry said that although Colombia is maintaining its excess tariffs on the CFZ, the FTA between the two countries is moving ahead.

"After starting negotiations for a free trade agreement (FTA) with Colombia, without having dealt with the request from businesses in the CFZ, the goal now is to raise a complaint with the World Trade Organization (WTO) in order to mitigate the effect of the Colombian excess tariffs", reported

Panama Dennounces Colombia before WTO

June 2013

The process began with a request on the part of Panama for consultations with Colombia over the fixed excess tariffs on imports of textiles and footwear originating in certain countries.  

This tax directly affects the Colon Free Zone (CFZ), which imports products mainly from Asia for reexport to the region, with Puerto Rico, Venezuela and Colombia being the major destinations.

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