WTO panel broadly backs Mexico in line with Costa Rica over lawyers By Reuters

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Avocados for sale are seen at a street market, in Mexico City, Mexico April 2, 2019. Picture taken April 2, 2019. REUTERS/Claudia Daut/File Photo

ZURICH (Reuters) – A World Trade Organization panel has largely sided with Mexico in a dispute with Costa Rica over import restrictions on Mexican avocados, according to a report on Wednesday, the Costa Rica stating that he accepted the decision.

The panel found that the health risk assessment presented by Costa Rica lacked a sufficient scientific basis. Some of Mexico’s additional claims were rejected or not considered by the panel.

Mexico had complained in 2017 that Costa Rica was unduly restricting the import of fresh avocados, and a dispute settlement panel has been examining the case since 2019.

The Costa Rican government said in a statement after the decision that it accepted the result and would “analyze possible alternatives” to be able to comply with the decision.

Costa Rica’s Minister of Agriculture and Livestock, Renato Alvarado, said he had given instructions “to prepare the necessary adjustments to the phytosanitary protection measures related to avocado imports, in order to comply with our obligations under the of multilateral trade”.

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