Panama alleges problems with health permits

Costa Rica requests creation of arbitration panel at World Trade Organization

Costa Rican industry players have requested the creation of an arbitration panel at the World Trade Organization (WTO) on its dispute with Panama over the blockade of the export of agricultural products. Costa Rica has had products such as various fruits (strawberry, pineapple and banana) blocked since July 1, 2020, as well as bovine and other products.

The conflict has been on the table of the WTO’s Dispute Settlement Body since January 11, when Costa Rica called for consultations on the barrier imposed by Panama to trade, for noting that, allegedly, the Costa Rican industrial plants had not renewed health permits.

For Costa Rica, the measures of its neighboring country are “unjustified” and “the absence of a satisfactory solution after the efforts made (to resolve the conflict), makes it imperative to take the step towards the next stage of the process” before the WTO.


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