17 June 2016
Colombia Names New Trade Minister, Temporarily Bans of Certain Laser Pointers
Maria Claudia Lacouture recently replaced Cecilia Alvarez-Correa as Colombia’s minister of commerce, industry and tourism. One of Ms. Lacouture’s main goals as minister is to further consolidate, diversify and modernise the domestic industry by forming a solid alliance with businesses across the country that promotes tourism and investments in export-oriented production activities. She has vowed to continue to remove trade barriers, further expand the presence of Colombian products in foreign markets, and enhance the participation of Colombian companies in global value chains by focusing on higher valued-added production activities.
In a separate action of potential interest to Hong Kong and mainland Chinese exporters, Colombian authorities have banned for a period of 60 days from 2 June the production, sale and distribution of laser pointers with an output power of 1 milliwatts or higher and a wavelength of 450 nm (also known as class 3R or class III A laser pointers). Excluded from this temporary ban are laser pointers intended exclusively for medical, scientific, industrial or military purposes that are handled exclusively by experts and professionals.