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Jamaica is not T&T's dumping ground - Mair

Published:Tuesday | May 28, 2013 | 5:51 PM

Monique Grange, Assistant News Editor - Radio

Opposition Spokesman on Industry, Commerce and Energy, Gregory Mair, is urging the government to activate the Customs Duties (Dumping and Subsidies) Act in an effort to address the trade Imbalances with Trinidad and Tobago.

Mair believes it’s unfair that goods from Trinidad, which are subsidised with cheap electricity, are allowed into Jamaica to compete with manufacturers who are subjected to high electricity rates.

He believes the activation of the Act will prevent Trinidad from dumping its goods into Jamaica.

Mair is also of the view that the imposition of provision duty on subsidised goods imported into the island will send a strong signal that Jamaica can no longer afford to be Trinidad and Tobago’s dumping ground.

Mair is also calling for the government to start demanding proof of origin for many of the goods that are brought into Jamaica from Trinidad and Tobago.

He says if those products are not found to be truly CARICOM then penalties should be imposed on that country.

Mair says the government must also move to let the Trinidadian government know that in the same way they want a share of Jamaica’s high consuming market, Jamaica also wants a share of their cheap energy.


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