In the notification Panama indicated, among other things, that:
A domestic notice of initiation of the safeguard investigation had been published on 3 May 2019 in the official gazette of the Republic of Panama. Any exporter and/or producer of the product under investigation that is interested in participating in the investigation, will have 30 calendar days, counted from 7 days after the date of publication of the domestic notice of initiation, to make its submissions concerning the investigation. Submissions may be sent to, or additional information related to the investigation can be requested from, the address below:
Dirección Nacional de Administración de Tratados Comerciales Internacionales y de Defensa Comercial, (Ministerio de Comercio e Industrias)
Edison Plaza, 2nd level, Avenida Ricardo J. Alfaro
Post Office Box 0815-01119, Zone 4 Panama, Republic of Panama
Opening hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Further information is available in G/SG/N/6/PAN/2.
What is a safeguard investigation?
A safeguard investigation seeks to determine whether increased imports of a product are causing, or is threatening to cause, serious injury to a domestic industry.
During a safeguard investigation, importers, exporters and other interested parties may present evidence and views and respond to the presentations of other parties.
A WTO member may take a safeguard action (i.e. restrict imports of a product temporarily) only if the increased imports of the product are found to be causing, or threatening to cause, serious injury.