The European Union hit Colombia with a World Trade Organization complaint Friday, saying that the country is unfairly imposing anti-dumping duties on frozen French fried potatoes from Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands.
During Colombiaâ€™s anti-dumping investigation into preserved and prepared potato imports, the country failed to tell the European companies what metrics it would be using to determine if imports were being dumped and didnâ€™t give them a chance to provide it with accurate information about their imports, the EU said.
Colombiaâ€™s flawed investigation led it to impose duties that violated WTO rules, the EU said.
â€œDespite numerous interventions with Colombia to lift the unjustified measures, we have not received a satisfactory response,â€ the EUâ€™s commissioner for trade, Cecilia MalmstrÃ¶m, said in a statement Friday.
Colombia imposed anti-dumping duties of 3% to 8% last year on potato imports based on an investigation launched in August 2017. The EU said in its complaint that the investigation was unwarranted and should not have been initiated based on a lack of evidence.