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Haiti - Economy : Haiti, paradise of smuggling
28/04/2016 10:52:59

Haiti - Economy : Haiti, paradise of smuggling
Because of the incompetence of the Government of Haiti to collect its taxes and customs duties on products coming from the neighboring Republic and corruption at the land border, smuggling between the two countries is growing, enriching some businessmen Dominicans and Haitians in the margins of the law. Note that according to figures from the Haitian customs, taxes and duties levied on imports by land totaled only 4.5% of their value, while those levied on the other customs posts (sea and air) are on average 25% of the value of the corresponding imports.

Georges B. Sassine, President of the Association of Industries of Haiti (ADIH) urges the Haitian government to regain control of its border and to provide adequate customs infrastructure and modern at four crossing points officially recognized for trade between the two countries and to the control of goods passing through.

Furthermore ADIH to thwart the smuggling and fraud taking place by unrecognized crossings, advocates the establishment of control brigades to intercept smugglers (like our Dominican neighbors for smuggling coming from Haiti).

List of contraband entering Haiti (ADIH source) :
Flour, cement, edible oil, laundry soap, detergent powder, packaging foam (forbidden to enter the market), drinking water, paint and varnishes, coating products for bodywork of vehicles, cooking butter, mantèque, irons for building, pasta, expanded metal sheets: galvanized and undulated, flat, pre-painted, PVC pipes, juice powder and liquid, soft drinks, beer, snacks (cheeco), ground corn, mattress, heavy equipment for construction (rent), household utensils plastic, cookies, rum, granite, marble and quartz, bouillon cubes and derivatives, soup mixes, energy drinks, soap, evaporated milk , printing paper, liquid cleaning products, toilet paper, napkins, cosmetics and hygiene products (shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste), pharmaceutical and vitamin supplements, cigarettes, cereals (corn flakes) polypropylene bags, plastic film for packaging, bag, plastic bag for packaging, aluminum windows assemblies, plaster sheets (gypsum), ceramic tile and porcelain.

Furthermore, in a letter addressed to Prime Minister Enex Jean-Charles, the Economic Forum of the private sector, expresses "[...] Its deepest concern at the whims of certain influential stakeholders in the community to proceed with the premature lifting of measures taken September 15, 2015 to authorize the import of 23 products from the Dominican Republic only through ports and airports of Cap Haitien and Port-au-Prince https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-15156-haiti-notice-import-ban-by-road-of-certain-products-from-dr.html

[...] This is the profound reason why the Economic Forum has chosen to support and continues to fully support the measures taken by the Ministry of Economy and Finance September 15, 2015," we read further in this correspondence. "The Forum today believes that this measure, which has created no shortage or price increase should be extended to 22 additional products and maintained for the time needed to complete the necessary infrastructure improvements and strengthening human capacity of customs posts of our land border, that in the greater interest of the majority of our citizens."


See also :
https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-15250-haiti-economy-the-ccio-congratulates-the-transport-restriction-measures-on-dr-products.html
https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-15247-haiti-economy-restriction-of-products-from-dr-also-a-protectionist-measure.html
https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-15196-haiti-economy-adih-support-the-transport-restriction-on-23-products-from-dr.html
https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-15156-haiti-notice-import-ban-by-road-of-certain-products-from-dr.html

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