Caribbean Community rules in favour of Rock Hard Cement in tariff row

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Trinidad & Tobago: The council of trade ministers in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has agreed to the classification of Rock Hard Cement’s products in Trinidad. Rock Hard Cement has faced legal action from its competitor Arawak Cement about the designation of its products and the tariffs they incur, according to the Barbados Today newspaper. The matter will be referred to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) in June 2019 for final arbitration.

Trinidad Cement, the owner of Arawak Cement, took legal action against Rock Hard Cement in the CCJ alleging that the cement importer was misclassifying its products as ‘other hydraulic cement’ instead of ‘Portland cement-building cement grey’ leading to a lower import duty. However, the World Customs Organisation and CARICOM’s Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) have both ruled in favour of Rock Hard Cement. As such it only incurs a tariff of up to 5%. Rock Hard Cement said that it expects the CCJ to uphold COTED’s ruling in June 2019.

Last modified on 20 March 2019


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