CCJ Affirms Importance of Imposition and Maintenance of the Common External Tariff on Brown Sugar Imports

1 Feb 2022

In a judgment released today, the Caribbean Court of Justice (‘CCJ’) in its Original Jurisdiction re-emphasised the importance of maintaining the Common External Tariff (‘CET’) in respect of brown sugar. On 30 September 2020, the State of Belize filed an Originating Application, The State of Belize v The State of Trinidad and Tobago [2022] CCJ 1 (OJ) against the State of Trinidad and Tobago. The application was of historic significance in that it was the first time that the CCJ was asked to adjudicate a suit where one CARICOM State brought proceedings directly against another for alleged breaches of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas (‘RTC’). The CCJ heard the matter on 2 and 3 November 2021.

Access the full media release here: Media release 03_2022