Dominican Republic: Tariffs for Polypropylene

From October 18 and for the following 18 months, 38% tariff will be charged on polypropylene products from Guatemala, Costa Rica, Honduras and El Salvador.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Polypropylene is added to other products from Central America who are subject of disputes with the Dominican Republic, due to tariffs imposed on products such as wires, juices, paper, plastic and cardboard.

Officials from governments of Costa Rica and El Salvador, announced the possibility of taking the case before the World Trade Organization (WTO).

In recent years, exports of polypropylene products from Costa Rica to Dominican Republic average more than $ 2 million.

The Unfair Trade Regulatory Commission in the Dominican Republic justified the decision to impose the tariffs on the need to protect local production of polypropylene articles, severely affected by imports from Central America.

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Dominican Rep. Removes Tariff on Polypropylene

March 2012

By eliminating the tariff of 38%, conditions for the export of tubular fabric and polypropylene bags to the Dominican Republic return to normal.

A statement from the Ministry of Foreign Trade of Costa Rica:

The Dominican Republic will comply with WTO recommendations before April 30th

WTO Confirms Dominican Republic Violated Rules

February 2012

The report argues that tariffs on Central American imports imposed by the Dominican Central on tubular fabric and polypropylene bags, of up to 38%, are in violation of its rules.

The Central American tariffs on imports of tubular fabric and polypropylene bags, imposed by the Dominican Republic, are in violation of the rules of the World Trade Organization (WTO), said a report by the agency.

Central America Wins Dispute with Dominican Republic

October 2011

The WTO has provisionally determined that the measures imposed by the Dominican Republic, charging tariffs of up to 38% on imports of certain products from the region, are inconsistent with its trade obligations.

The lawsuit filed at the World Trade Organization (WTO) by El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and Costa Rica objected to the high tariffs imposed by the Caribbean country on products from the region.

No Agreement on Tariff Dispute with Dominican Republic

November 2010

Dominican Republic continues with tariffs on polypropylene exports from Central America.

Meetings held on the 16th and 17th of November in Geneva, Switzerland, between representatives of El Salvador, Guatemala, Costa Rica and Honduras and the Dominican Republic to resolve the trade dispute ended without any agreements.

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