Morocco: Extension of safeguard measure on imports of ceramic tiles
On November 3, 2008, the Ministry of Foreign Trade of Morocco extended a safeguard measure on imports of ceramic paving and wall tiles (HS 6908)
The following duties were imposed for the period of three years:
The safeguard measure consists of the imposition of an additional duty of 1.5 dirhams per net kilogram, coupled with an annual quota of 13.1 million m2 not subject to the additional duty.
The safeguard measure was initiated on August 18, 2005.
It consisted of the imposition, over and above the customs duty already in force, of a specific additional import duty of 1.5 dirhams per net kilogram, applicable to imports exceeding a certain annual quota of 7.07m million m2.
26.01.06 to 30.11.06 7.07 million m2
01.12.06 to 30.11.07 7.796 million m2
01.12.07 to 30.11.08 8.532 million m2
On August 30, 2010 Morocco notified the cessation of the measure since it was no longer necessary to remedy or prevent serious injury.
Any Evidence-Based Deliberation:
|Is there anything in the public record to suggest that evidence of the effectiveness of the proposed measure was considered during official deliberations?|
|Is there any evidence that alternatives to the proposed measure were considered?|
|Is there anything in the public record that suggests that empirical evidence informed the comparison across the alternatives available to government?|
|Was such evidence identified?|
|Is such evidence publicly available?|
|Did the official decision-maker in question provide an explanation as to why a chosen measure was favoured over alternatives?|
|Is there any evidence to suggest that potentially affected trading partners were consulted before the measures were taken?|
|Is there any evidence that safeguards have been put in place to ensure that implementation of the initiative is transparent and non-discriminatory?|
|Did the government state its intention to review the measure within one year of implementation?|
Date Discovered: 29/05/2012
Date of inception: 3 Nov 2008
Duration: 23 months
GTA Evaluation: Red
WTO Document: G/SG/N/6/MAR/4
WTO Document: G/SG/N/10/MAR/2