T&T responds to dispute over lubricating oil origin
Jerome Reynolds, Staff Reporter
Authorities in Trinidad and Tobago have finally responded to Jamaica’s request for information on lubricating oil imported from that country, which has been at the centre of a trade dispute.
Last May, Jamaica imposed duties on lubricating oil entering the country from Trinidad and Tobago after Customs complained that it was unable to verify that the twin-island republic was the actual place of origin.
Industry and Commerce Minister Anthony Hylton had indicated that the formal verification query was submitted by Customs in September 2012.
He had further said local authorities believed an exporter was breaching the rules of origin in the Treaty of Chaguaramas.
In providing an update on the matter, Hylton said after more than a year, Jamaica received documentation from Trinidad’s customs authorities on Monday.
The Industry and Commerce Minister said the duties imposed last May will remain in place pending the evaluation of the information.
He made the disclosure in response to questions tabled by opposition Member of Parliament Dr Ken Baugh in parliament.
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