Measures Relating to the Importation of Textiles, Apparel and Footwear Colombia

Status: Pending

Respondent: Colombia

Complainant(s): Colombia,

Third Parties: Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, China, European Union, Phillippines,

Dispute Number: DS461

Link to Dispute Site:

On June 18, 2013, Panama requested consultations with Colombia with respect to the imposition by Colombia of a compound tariff affecting the importation of textiles, apparel and footwear from Panama. The measure at issue is a compound tariff, which Panama claims is contained in: 

• Decree 074/2013;
• Decree 456/2014;
• Decree 1497/2011 with regard the definition of the products covered by the nomenclature of Chapters 61, 62, 63 and 64 of the Tariff Schedule; and
• Memorandum No. 000165 of 30 April 2013 from the Customs Management Department of the Directorate of National Taxes and Customs on measures to control compliance with Decree 074 of 2013. 

Panama also claims that the measure at issue is inconsistent with: 

• Articles II:1(a), II:1(b), VIII:1(a), and X:3(a) of the GATT 1994. 

On August 19, 2013, Panama requested the establishment of a panel. The DSB established the panel on September 25, 2013. China, Ecuador, El Salvador, the European Union, Guatemala, Honduras, the Philippines, and the United States reserved their third-party rights. Following a request by Panama, the Director-General composed the panel on January 15, 2014.


Panel Proceedings
Brief Date Brief Description
01/09/2015 U.S. Executive Summary of the Third Party Oral Statement and Responses to the Panel’s Questions for Third Parties
12/16/2014 Responses of the United States to the Panel’s Questions for the Third Parties Following the First Panel Meeting
11/26/2014 Third Party Oral Statement of the United States
Appellate Proceedings
Brief Date Brief Description
04/04/2016 U.S. Opening Statement at the Oral Hearing
Article 21.5 Proceedings (21.5 Colombia / 21.5 Panama)
Brief Date Brief Description
04/06/2018 U.S. Third Party Answers to Panels’ Questions Following the Panels’ Meeting
2/26/2018 U.S. Third Party Submission