Lima, Nov 17 (EFE) .- The Chamber of Commerce of Lima (CCL) asked the Government of Peru to denounce in international instances Ecuador for the imposition of a new tax on imports that, as indicated, it adds $ 0.10 per gram to all the merchandise entering that country.
The CCL said in a statement that the tax implemented by the National Service of Customs "seriously" affects Peruvian exports, especially the agricultural, chemical, textile, metal-mechanical and ceramic sectors.
"In addition, it undermines free trade and circulation of goods within the region, "warned the director of the Foreign Trade Research and Development Institute (IDEXCAM) of the CCL, Carlos Posada.
Although the Government Ecuadorian has justified the tariff as a way to recover the costs of the customs service, the Idexcam of the CCL considered that the main objective would be to capture higher revenues from imports due to a decrease in revenue in the Ecuadorian treasury.
According to the CCL, a pair of shoes imported by Ecuador that previously was purchased at 25.96 dollars now costs $ 26.45, an increase that "will exceed thousands of dollars if that is multiplied by a ten or a hundred shoes."
The Idexcam recalled that this tariff It is added to other measures that were applied by the Ecuadorian authorities since 2013 and which, in their opinion, "have constituted barriers to free trade within the Andean Community (CAN)," which shows repeated behavior to the breach of Andean norms. "
" The time has passed to continue using the discourse of the sister country that was used so much in the previous Government and that meant the passivity of our authorities before the constant abuse of that country, to the detriment of our exporters, "Posada added.
In 2015, Ecuador imposed a surcharge on its imports from Colombia and Peru, which was subsequently modified to become a safeguard within the framework of the World Trade Organization (WTO), body that rejected the measure, as recalled by the CCL.