Caricom soap fight in court

DCP Dominica
Dominica Colgate Palmolive (DCP)

Regional soap producer Dominica Coconut Products Successors Limited, DCPS, has made good on a threat to head to court in a long-running feud with some Jamaican state agencies and Jamaican manufacturers and exporters of soap.

In a suit filed in the Supreme Court in Kingston on June 8 by Jamaican law firm Hylton Powell, DCPS named the trade administrator, the Trade Board, the commissioner of Customs, Jamaica Customs Agency, and listed company Blue Power Group Limited as respondents in a matter involving the export of Jamaican-made soaps to Caricom markets and the importation of raw materials for soap-making.

The lawsuit prompted the Jamaican authorities last week to immediately suspend the issuing of certificates of origin certifying soaps produced in Jamaica as being of community origin and therefore eligible to benefit from duty-free export to Caricom markets.