Washington.- El Salvador announced Wednesday that it filed a complaint against Dominican Republic before the World Trade Organization, for charging tariffs that it says violate the Free Trade Agreement (Dr-Cafta) with Central America and the US.
Economy minister Héctor Dada Hirezi said the complaint stems from a 38% tariff on synthetic sacks and tubular weave that his country sells to Dominican industries
The Salvadoran official said the measure also affects Guatemala, Honduras and Costa Rica, the latter which also a filed a complaint before the WTO earlier this week on Dominican Republic’s same alleged infraction of the trace pact.
The Dominican Government announced that the 38% tariff on both products will be applied during 18 months counted from October 18, to counter the jump of those products from abroad, and which it affirms harms the local industry.
Also in Washington, Honduras Industry and Commerce Policies director Melvin Redondo voiced a similar complaint against Dominican Republic’s measure, “despite seeking all technical and judicial channels for a dialogue.”