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Haiti bans ground import of 23 Dominican products

Staff Writer

Haiti Sentinel

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti ( – The Haitian government announced a ban on the ground import of 23 products from the Dominican Republic, including flour, oil, drinking water and more.

The Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF) said in a September 16, 2015 press note that the ban would go into effect on October 1, 2015. The 23 imports from the D.R. will only be accepted if transported by air or sea.

The MEF says the measure would allow authorities better quality control of imports to ensure the safety of the population. It also said that it would allow the country to recover hundreds of millions of dollars in tariffs lost to smuggling.

The General Customs Administration was instructed to immediately seize any products listed:

  • Wheat flour
  • Cement
  • Edible oil
  • Laundry soap
  • Powdered detergent
  • Packaging foams
  • Drinking water
  • Auto paint and body parts
  • Butter
  • Mantègue
  • Iron for construction
  • Pasta
  • Sheet metal
  • PVC pipes
  • Powdered juice
  • Soft drinks
  • Beer
  • Snacks
  • Ground maize
  • Mattresses
  • Heavy construction equipment
  • Household utensils
  • Cookies

Reviews in Haiti

In Haiti, business leaders and citizens have welcomed the measure as the Dominican Republic has implemented new policies that discriminate against Dominican of foreign descent, most of Haitian descent.

But a significant number also believe the Martelly regime implemented the measure for the business interests of its family and friends and to score political points for tentative elections.

On Haitian radio, commentators, although applauding the ban, said they were interested to see the quality control measures that are in place.

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