Customs ban on used clothing riles shippers, movers
NEW YORK.- The owners of numerous shipping companies are fuming at the Customs Agency’s ban of the shipment of used clothing to Dominican Republic starting August 1, a practice which immigrants have done since the mid-60s when locals began a massive emigration to the U.S..
Several shippers and moving and storage companies totally opposed the ban because in their view relatives back home welcomed the garments, some of which end up in “medium use” shops and the hundreds of flea markets nationwide.
Quoted by elnuevodiario.com.do, Charles Canaan, president of the shipper Salcedo Cargo Express, said thousands of 55 gallon drums, boxes and luggage containing clothing, shoes, tennis shoes, household items such as appliances and furniture are also sent by the Diaspora, helping the country’s economic stability.
According to customs officials the notices were sent to companies on the enforcement of the ban based on a law dating back 39 years, but had been considered “dead” by shippers established in New York and other U.S. cities.
The ban will also affect the multimillion dollar business of the “pacas,” the garments commonly brought across the border with Haiti in huge bundles.
Source: Dominican Today
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