WTO ruled for Dominican Republic on Australia tobacco law
Geneva.- An arbitration court of the World Trade Organization (WTO) on Thursday preliminarily ruled for the Dominican Republic and other countries in the region in the ongoing conflict with Australia’s generic packaging law for tobacco products, aimed at curtaining smoking.
Foreign Trade Dept. director Katrina Naut and Dominican ambassador at the WTO Luis Manuel Piantini hailed the ruling, noting that nearly two years after enacted, Australia’s plain packaging measure have failed to reduce smoking in that country.
The officials lauded the decision noting that the measure posed a risk not only to the prestige of Dominican tobacco brands, but also for the local industry.
“We must take a firm attitude in this dispute to protect thousands of jobs for Dominicans and a critical sector for our economy and our cultural heritage,” Naut said.
For Piantini the country respects the rules of international trade “to protect our local economy and create high quality tobacco products. Australia is ignoring these rules and undermining our premium products.”
Cuba, Honduras, Indonesia and Ukraine are also challenging the Plain Packaging Act within the WTO’s arbitration.
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