HONDURAS has won a disputes case at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) with the Dominican Republic being ruled in breach of WTO rules by unfairly restricting the import of Honduran cigarettes. A disputes panel found fault with a special foreign exchange fee, an "economic stabilisation surcharge" and an insistence that importers physically fix within the Dominican Republic tax stamps to packs. The USA, European Union, Chile, China, Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua had also registered complaints about these difficulties.

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