El Salvador Denounces Honduras Over Juices and Nectars

The government has activated the Mechanism for Trade Dispute Settlement in Sieca arguing the imposition of non-tariff entry barriers on Salvadoran juices and nectars.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Margarita Ortez, head of the Directorate of Administration of Trade Agreements (Datco), at the Ministry of Economy and Trade, told Elmundo.sv that "... the country decided to make use of this facility three weeks ago, because 'there was non compliance on the part of Honduras in the provisions in the field of juices and nectars, and we are resolving it using the legal framework provided for the Central American region. '"

The official, who said that because the process is confidential she could not disclose further details, added that Central American integration frees from tariffs products originating in the region, and that Honduras is applying specific taxes. "It's a non-tariff barrier. These processes are confidential, it is not customary to make it public, but there is an issue of tariff classification. '"

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