The Association of Industries of the Dominican Republic (AIRD) reported yesterday that it is working with the authorities to know what actions to take against the new measures proposed by Haiti to receive on its territory wheat flour and soups, which represent part of the varied products that the Dominican Republic exports to Haiti.
"Well, clearly it constitutes a trade barrier. There is no justification for imposing these procedures and barriers to products selectively without justification, "said executive vice president of the AIRD, Circe Almánzar.
"We have always been open to dialogue with our brothers in Haiti, but these constants actions are creating an atmosphere of disbelief in the dialogue in the industrial sector," he said.
The new measure mandates that the import request must be accompanied by five duly authenticated, consistent documents, the first in the "favorable opinion" of the Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Rural Development of the country. They also require prior import declaration of Societe Generale SA de Suveillance (SGS).
In addition, the Haitian government wants from the Dominicans a phytosanitary certificate issued by the competent authority of industrial products supplier, in this case, Dominican Republic. A certificate of origin of the goods, and a pro forma form issued by the exporter with its address indicated; the address of the importer is also asked.