Both of Tunisia’s complaints are about Morocco’s tariffs on Tunisian books.
Rabat – Tunisia has filed a second complaint with the World Trade Organization (WTO) against Morocco over the extension of Moroccan anti-dumping measures on Tunisian school exercise books.
Tunisia submitted the request to WTO members on February 27, claiming that Morocco violated the 1994 General Agreements on Tariffs and Trade, an agreement between many countries to reduce or eliminate customs fees.
Tunisia hopes through the consultation to find a satisfactory solution without bringing the dispute before a court.
Morocco’s Minister of Economy and Finance Mohamed Benchaaboun and Minister of Industry, Investment, Trade, and Digital Economy Moulay Hafid El Alamy signed an agreement last month to extend Moroccan additional fees on the materials for five years, until January 2024.
In May 2018, Tunisia filed its first complaint against Morocco when the kingdom imposed additional fees on Tunisian books.
The Moroccan government says it levied the tariff to counter the dumping of Tunisian books on the Moroccan market.
Following the meeting of the Council of Ministers on July 12, 2018, Moroccan Government Spokesperson Mustapha El Khalfi said the government’s responsibility “is to defend the national enterprise, which is an employment opportunity and production of national wealth.”
In the same statement, El Khalfi explained that the tariff would protect the market and confront dumping, which violates competition rules.