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Another Haiti ban stuns Dominican Republic industries

Santo Domingo.- Another ban on imports by Haiti, this time on plastic products which could again affect local factories with losses as high as US$75 million yearly, has alarmed Dominican Republic’s Industries Association (AIRD).

In a statement Thursday the business organization said Haiti’s media disclosed the ban approved by the Council of Ministers, on the country’s polyethylene bags and polyethylene packaging foam (EPS or PS, glass or polyethylene) in any format, including individual foods, such as cups, bottles, bags and plates.

AIRD president Ligia Bonetti said Haiti media reported that the ban would be in effect starting August 1, for which that nation’s customs will confiscate any items in those types of containers or packaging, and owners will be punished according to Haiti law.

She said however that the confiscation of products has already been reported. “We ask the government, especially our Foreign Minister (Carlos Morales) to spearhead the process to seek a solution to this new impasse in our trade relations with Haiti.”

It’s the third ban Haiti has slapped on Dominican products within the last 12 months, including processed meats, live chickens and eggs.

Source: DT

Category: DR News |

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