Couriers reiterate downside of tax on online shopping
Santo Domingo.- A tax on online purchases of less than US$200, as national retailer groups have proposed, would leave Dominican Republic without the express mail service stipulated in the free trade agreement with United States and Central America (Cafta-Dr), and would create a hurdle to international trade and local exports.
The courier companies grouped in Asodec reiterated the warning on Sunday and noted logistical constraints and the high cost if the Customs Agency charges a tax to each package individually.
Quoted by diariolibre.com, Asodec president José Burdié and executives Jorge Merette and Laura Castellanos noted that former Customs chief Miguel Cocco repealed the tax on an Internet purchase of less than US$200, known as ‘de minimis’, to avert to the high cost and difficulties of levies on small individual packets.
“Customs weighed the income as opposed to the difficulty of charging a fixed rate,” Burdié said, adding that for each pound the article weighs the buyer has to pay 10 U.S. cents per dollar, “which means revenue for the government of as much as RD$75.0 million per year.”
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