Panama Denounces Colombia Tariffs as Too High

The amount Colombia imposes as tariffs on products from the Colon Free Zone exceeds that authorized by the World Trade Organization.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Ricardo Quijano, Minister of Commerce and Industry in Panama, said he understands that Colombia can place this type tax on products, but the complaint is that there is a limit imposed by the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the tariff should be lower.

Quijano recognizes that any tax hits Colon Free Zone (CFZ), but he hopes that Colombia will lower the current settings and minimize the impact.

"Colombia's tax is now being reflected in the figures from the Panamanian zone. Up to March 2013 business in the Colon Free Zone reflected a contraction of 11.4%," noted an article in

Statistics show that between January and March $6.584 billion was registered, which represents $847 million less than what was achieved in 2012 when there were $7.431 billion. In the month of March alone, the fall was 23% and it is mainly attributed to the Colombian tariffs.

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September 2013

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