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DR needs to diversify exports beyond Haiti

The president of the Association of Industries of Herrera and Province of Santo Domingo (AIEH) Antonio Taveras Guzman and the president of the Dominican Exporters Association (Adoexpo) Sadala Khoury are advocating for greater diversification of Dominican markets to reduce dependence on exports to Haiti. Trade with Haiti has been unpredictable in recent years with one-sided decisions by the Haitian government banning Dominican exports.

The latest ban on 23 Dominican overland exports to Haiti is expected to cost the country around US$40 million a month in export revenue.

Taveras said that Haiti has double standards. “It says one thing in public, and then turns round and does something else,” he said, as quoted in El Dinero. He said the main problem affecting trade between Haiti and the DR was the informality that prevails at the border. He said businesspeople in Haiti complain that products enter without paying taxes.

Guzman said that because of its proximity, Haiti is the largest market for the DR, but the nation needs to remember that it has trade agreements that give it access to around a billion consumers throughout the DR-CAFTA area, the European Partnership Agreement (EPA) and the Caribbean Caricom countries.

Meanwhile, Sadala Khoury said that Haiti’s latest export ban was aimed at giving an advantage to imports from Miami. He recalled that this was not the first time that the Haitian authorities have imposed a ban on Dominican products without justification and in violation of national and international treaties and agreements. He mentioned the bans on poultry and eggs and restrictions on plastic imports in recent years.

“We have to focus on diversifying our markets, attracting different markets without stopping to supply Haiti.” He said Haiti would not be able to secure a supplier that can supply products with the quality and price that the DR can provide. He concludes that it is too risky to trade with Haiti where there are no clear rules and there are violations of World Trade Organization agreements, as in the case of the 23 banned products.

Source: DR1, Almomento

Oct 19, 2015

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