October 5, 2018 / 1:08 PM / 8 months ago

Panama loses WTO claim to trade sanctions on Colombia

FILE PHOTO: The logo of the World Trade Organization (WTO) at its headquarters next to a red traffic light in Geneva, Switzerland, October 2, 2018. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Photo

GENEVA (Reuters) - A World Trade Organization (WTO) panel on Friday rejected Panama’s claim for $210 million annual sanctions on Colombia for non-compliance with a previous ruling against tariffs on clothing, textile and footwear imposed by Bogota to target alleged “money laundering”.

Panama won a judgment at the WTO in 2016 after complaining about Colombian tariffs on textiles, clothes and shoes. Colombia, which had imposed the high tariffs because it said the goods were imported at artificially low prices in order to launder money, had until Jan. 22 2017 to comply.

Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay, editing by Tom Miles

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