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Posted: Monday, January 31, 2022. 3:23 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: Belize and Trinidad and Tobago will hear from the Caribbean Court of Justice in its Original Jurisdiction tomorrow, Tuesday, in a complaint filed by Belize against Trinidad alleging failure to apply the common external tariff (CET) tax on brown sugar imported from outside the region from November 2018 to June 2020, reports Trinidad and Tobago Newsday.

Belmopan accuses Port-of-Spain of breaching the Caribbean Community Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas by failing to apply the CET of 40 percent on imports of brown sugar from sources outside the region, thus causing Belize Sugar Industries Ltd (BSI) and Santander Sugar to lose sales to these countries. It also alleged that the CARICOM Secretariat failed to ensure the CET imposition.

Belize seeks relief from the CCJ including the full application of the 40 percent CET on brown sugar imported from non-Caricom sources. Trinidad and Tobago denied it has permitted the importation of extra-regional brown sugar from any extra-regional territory without the imposition of the 40 percent CET.

A similar complaint against St Kitts and Nevis was settled by the parties before the matter was heard at the CCJ.

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