Costa Rica Resumes Shipments of Tubular Bags to Dominican Republic

The first exports of polypropylene and fabric tubular bags entered the Dominican Republic after the WTO ordered the country to eliminate the safeguard measure imposed on imports from Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

From a press release from the Ministry of Foreign Trade of Costa Rica (Comex):

The first exports of polypropylene and fabric tubular bags entered the Dominican Republic, after the Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) of the World Trade Organization (WTO) ordered to the country to remove the safeguard measure imposed on imports from Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

"I'm glad that Costa Rican exports are entering the Dominican Republic again. We will continue to be vigilant to ensure full compliance with trade agreements on behalf of our partners", said the Minister of Foreign Trade of Costa Rica, Anabel Gonzalez.

The safeguard measure imposed by the Dominican Republic was a tariff of 38% for polypropylene and fabric tubular bags. By 2010, Costa Rica ranked as one of the leading suppliers of these products to the Dominican Republic.

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