JANUARY 2012

DR-CAFTA benefits thousands of importers

Imports to Dominican RepublicIn the last six years 8,455 permits were issued

In the last six years the Agro Imports Commission has issued permits to 8,455 individuals and companies, who benefit from the Dominican Republic-U.S.-Central America Free Trade Agreement’s (DR-CAFTA) lower tariffs.

Just in 2012 the Government commission formed by the ministries of Agriculture, Presidency, Industry and Commerce and Customs disclosed the names of 2,344 importers with rights to receive permits to bring merchandise from the United States and Central America, after meeting the pact’s requirements.

The calendar began in 2007 with 562 permits issued to companies and people; with 1,780 beneficiaries in 2008; 783 in 2009; 1,008 in 2010 and 1,906 in 2011.

In a statement, the Commission said the beneficiaries who figure in the list have the right to decide on this year’s import quota, including milled rice, semi-white rice, beans and beef.

The Commission also included beef trimmings, turkey, pork portions, pig fat and bacon, and chicken trimmings, pieces and boned chicken, powdered milk, liquid milk, butter and cheeses, among others in the list.

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Dominican Republic Live, 27.01.12, 11.50 a.m.

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