WHEN scent companies mix essential oils and other ingredients to produce perfumes and toilet waters, they have legally created a new locally manufactured medicine, the rules of origin committee of the World Trade Organisation has decided.

The decision means that worldwide, such scents would in future be affected by duties, quotas and other import and export regulations relating to the country where they were mixed, rather than where the ingredients were produced.

This ruling will apply to all WTO members and is part of an ...

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