PORT-AU-PRINCE, Ouest, HT (sentinel.ht) – In a note, the Economic Forum of the Private Sector urged the Haitian government to not consider lifting the overland ban on 23 Dominican products that has been in effect for the past year.
The Forum said the denied entry measure ought to be continued in order to protect the interests of consumers and Haitian national entrepreneurs. It added that the measure can better deal with smuggling more effectively and significantly increase customs revenues.
As well, the Forum considers that this measure is beneficial to the entire nation and it helps domestic producers who face unfair competition from imported products who do not pay tax. The note is dated Wednesday and signed by the coordinator of the Economic Forum, Gregory Brandt.
In August, following talks in Port-au-Prince with the Dominican Chancellor, Miguel Vargas, the Haitian government announced it would lift the ban per an agreement met.
Critics of the overland ban in Haiti say the prohibition disproportionately affects small and medium-sized merchants who import from the Dominican Republic via land. This has contributed to a rising cost of products, mainly building supplies and some food stuffs they say.