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EU to challenge Colombia at WTO to protect Belgium fries

The European Union will file a complaint at the World Trade Organization against Colombia over duties imposed on imports of frozen potato fries, EU trade commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said on Monday.

Colombia imposed anti-dumping duties of up to 8% in November 2018 on frozen fries from Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany after complaining that the prices of these imports were artificially low.

Malmstrom said the move was completely unjustified and harmful to European companies and that she had instructed EU trade officials on Monday to launch a WTO challenge.

“We have made different efforts to reach out to Colombia over the last two years, but we have not received a satisfactory response and that is why we have decided to take this step to protect our industry,” she told a news conference.

Belgium, the self-proclaimed home of potato fries, urged the European Union a year ago to launch legal action.

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