Dominican tobacco exports at US$717M
Santo Domingo.- The Industry and Commerce Ministry’s Foreign Trade and Agreements Dept. (DICOEX ono Monday said Dominican Republic exported US$717 million worth of tobacco products in 2015, a figure it affirms has been rising since 2010, according to DICOEX director Katrina Naut.
She also announced that the Dominican Republic, joined by Honduras, Cuba and Indonesia are requesting that the WTO turn down Australia’s plain packaging rules for tobacco products.
Naut said Australia argues that plain packaging aims to cut back on the use of tobacco by reducing the appeal of those products, increasing graphic health warnings and reduce its “deceptive” capacity against consumers on its harmful effects.
The official notes however that plain packaging is a hurdle to registry, compliance, and trademarks. “The implementation of plain packaging is not a determining factor for achieving desired goals, in fact Australia’s own data show that plain packaging doesn’t change attitudes or behavior, and leads to cheaper products instead.”
May 30, 2016
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