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Posted: Friday, January 29, 2021. 1:08 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: Belize is making its case for the substitutability of its plantation white sugar to that imported from elsewhere before the regional bodies of CARICOM (the Caribbean Community), Minister for Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Immigration Senator Eamon Courtenay told reporters on Thursday.

“That issue is moving definitely in Belize’s favour; there is a study that was done that establishes that the plantation white sugar produced by Belize is so near in polarity and quality to what we called refined sugar, that it can be substituted one for the other. That is before CARICOM, CARICOM agricultural ministers have looked [at it], the economic council has looked at it and so we are hoping that through negotiations, discussions, we will be able to have member states accept Belize’s plantation white as well as Guyana’s plantation white and this will not be another case before the CCJ [Caribbean Court of Justice],” Courtenay said.

Belize recently settled its lawsuit with Saint Kitts and Nevis over allegations that it imported brown sugar from countries outside the CARICOM Single Market without imposing the 40% Common External Tariff.

Its case against the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and CARICOM which accused the former of similar back-door importation and the latter of failing to step in under the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas, continues before the CCJ.

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