Haití vuelve a impedir la entrada de productos dominicanos a su territorio
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Haitian Customs and Immigration authorities reversed a provision implemented by the previous administration of Jocelerme Privert, allowing Dominican products to enter the country, and on Monday morning they returned to seize the products that were already purchased by Haitian customers.


Among the products that Haitian customs inspectors and police agents seized and destroyed in the presence of buyers were eggs, raw and frozen chicken meat, potatoes, yuca, pasta, onions, peppers, beets, carrots, green bananas, eggplants, lemons and sausage.

Speaking to reporters friday, Haitian merchants at the border said that they have lost millions of dollars worth of merchandise. Dominican traders at the other side of the border are also beginning to feel the consequences of the reinstated bans, since Haitian customers are no longer buying these banned products in fear of confiscation by Haitian authorities.

Fernando Díaz, president of the Association of Merchants of the Border Market, demanded Dominican authorities to respond more firmly against the administration of Jovenel Moise in the neighboring country.


In June 2015, the Haitian government announced a ban on 33 Dominican products, including several basic poultry and agricultural products such as eggs, chickens, bananas, lettuce, carrots, coconuts, sausages, juices and others.


New Haitian President Jovenel Moise who has made the revival of agriculture the top priority of his government thought it would be beneficial to re implement the ban as he continues to encourage Haitian entrepreneurs to invest in agro businesses.