Condemnation that Haiti increases taxes on onions and beans from the Dominican Republic

  • Business owners say that this increase constitutes a ban in disguise
SANTIAGO. The Association of Agricultural and Industrialized Producers from Comendador and Elias Piña complained yesterday that the Haitian government had increased the tax on beans and onions coming from the Dominican Republic by more than 600%. 

The president of the Association, Victor Octavio Moreta Valdez, qualified the increase as a "ban in disguise" on the part of the Haitian government for these products.

He maintained that this decision had caused a drastic reduction in the sales of onions and beans, affecting dozens of Dominican producers.

He detailed that the tax which applied to a sack of 100 pounds of beans had increased from RD$180 to RD$1,280; whilst for a sack of onions it had increased from RD$10 to RD$130.

Moreta Valdez announced that next Wednesday a committee of Dominican business owners has anticipated a meeting with the authorities from Haitian Customs to look for a solution to the increase in these taxes.

Flour producers

Meanwhile, the Union of Medium and Small Flour Industries (UMPIH) have expressed concern over the taxes imposed by Haiti on several products imported from the Dominican Republic. They are expecting that flour will be the next product to be banned.

For this reason, the president of UMPIH, Francisco Capellan, asked the Dominican government to adopt whatever measures are necessary to prevent Haiti including wheat flour amongst the banned products.

Capellan begged the Government to react in time before what he called "a campaign or plan on the part of Haiti to discredit Dominican products at the international level".

For his part, the president of the Association of Business owners and Industries in Santiago (ACIS), Sandy Filpo, urged the government to start a dialogue with Haiti to deal with the bans.

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