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Haiti companies want ban on Dominican products to continue

Port-au-Prince .- The Economic Forum of the private sector in Haiti, which groups several leading companies, on Monday asked the country’s authorities to maintain the ban on the entryby land on 23 products from the Dominican Republic, EFE reports.

Then president Michel Martelly issued the executive order now in effect since last 1 October.

“The ban supports domestic production and tax revenues,” and helps a “more competitive” market, because there is “greater control over products entering,” the Forum said in a statement.

It calls trade with the Dominican Republic “important” but also deems “necessary to protect the local economy, which is suffering a lot because of low production and lack of investment.”

Ton the list of barred products figure flour, butter, shortening, water and cooking oil, soap, cement, paint and products for vehicle bodywork and construction equipment.

The Customs Office at Belladere (eastern Haiti) remains shuttered after it was vandalized last week, during several days of protests demanding the lifting of the ban.

Moreover the binational border markets were suspended on several occasions last year, by Haitian merchants and Dominican truckers protesting the ban.

Source: DT

April 27, 2016

Category: DR News |

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