The Philippines asks WTO to force Thailand to comply on cigarette import ruling (Manila Bulletin, 3 February 2016)

The Philippines asks WTO to force Thailand to comply on cigarette import ruling (Manila Bulletin, 3 February 2016)

The Philippines has formally asked the World Trade Organization (WTO) to compel Thailand to act consistently with the multilateral trade body’s ruling favouring the customs valuation of Philippine-made cigarette imports. The move was prompted by a legal action taken by the Thai government against Philip Morris Thailand which imports cigarettes from its Philippine affiliate. This was viewed by the Philippines as inconsistent with the WTO decision that ruled against Thailand’s customs valuation on imported cigarettes. In an official statement submitted to the WTO, the Philippines cited Thailand for repeatedly giving assurances that they will take steps to comply with the WTO ruling and yet they proceeded to file charges against the importer of Philippine cigarettes.