Dajabon market in trouble
The sales of products in the Dajabon bi-national market have plummeted as a result of the recent policy of the Haitian authorities to fines on goods bought in the Dominican Republic and transported to Haiti. Dominican merchants who sell their products at the Dajabon market each Friday and Monday have noted fewer Haitian consumers and business owners crossing the border to buy products. Haitians interviewed in Dajabon and Ouanaminthe, Haiti expressed their frustration at the Haitian authorities for having imposed these new charges on items. Both vendors and consumers fear that the market could be permanently crippled if the policy imposed by Haitian government is not lifted.
Haitians have said they cannot risk buying goods at the market because they if they cannot afford to pay the high rates of duty demanded by their fellow countrymen when they return, then the goods are confiscated and thrown away if the duties are not paid.
Last Thursday, 16 July, a meeting between the Dominican traders with the authorities in Dajabon and Ouanaminthe was held to try and come up with a solution.
According to Haitian traders, the Haitian authorities are trying to discourage Haitian consumers and traders to buy goods in the Dominican Republic for use or resale in Haiti. But the Haitian consumers and traders have pointed out that the vast majority of products purchased in the Dominican Republic are simply not available in Haiti. Unfortunately, essential foodstuffs purchased in the Dominican Republic are also taxed by the Haitian authorities and according to Haitian consumers and traders, low-income Haitian families who depend on Dominican food products are suffering the consequences of this policy.
Source: DR1, Listindiario
July 21, 2015
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