Court rules in favour of Barbados cement import tariff

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Barbados: The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) has ruled in favour of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) in its dispute with Trinidad and Tobago-based Rock Hard Cement. Stabroek News has reported that Rock Hard’s products had previously attracted a 5% import duty due to their classification as ‘other hydraulic cements.’ However, in mid-2019 COTED approved a decision by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to permit Barbados to enforce a tariff of 35% on this class of goods, compared to 15% on ’grey cement’ until mid-2021 in order to protect domestic producer Arawak Cement. The court found this reason to be, “within the rule of law.”

Last modified on 17 June 2020

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