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    School notebooks: Tunisia lodges complaint to WTO against Morocco

    12 Jul 2018

    Tunisia has filed a complaint to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) about the rights imposed by Morocco on school notebooks, announced a statement issued Tuesday by the WTO.

    It adds that Tunisia has requested the opening of consultations with Morocco in the WTO on the anti-dumping duties collected by Morocco on imports of Tunisian school notebooks.

    For Tunisia, 'Morocco has acted inconsistently with a number of provisions of the WTO Anti-Dumping Agreement,' the source specifies.

    The Moroccan government imposed a fee on school note books varying between 31% and 51%, even though these products were exempted from customs duties.

    The WTO has explained that the request for consultations is the formal starting point of the dispute settlement procedure within the framework of the Organisation. 'After 60 days, if the consultations failed to resolve the dispute, the complainant may request that the matter be brought before the adjudicative process of a panel,' the organisation said.

    Tunisia did not apply any customs tax on products imported from Morocco, which evolved by nearly 80% during the period 2013/2017.

    The volume of Tunisian school notebook exports to Morocco is estimated at 7,000 tonnes, about 33% of the needs of the Moroccan market.

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