Exports to Haiti total US$769.78 million

The formal exports from Dominican Republic to Haiti totaled between January and August of this year US$769.78 million and they have remained stable despite the increase in violence and chaos in that country as a result of the territorial control of armed gangs.

According to the statistics available on the portal of the General Directorate of Customs (DGA) and the Export and Investment Center of the Dominican Republic, in August, products worth US$92.35 million were exported to Haitia figure slightly higher than that reported in July when it reached US$89.74 million and US$5.57 million less than what was achieved in June when it was recorded in the shipment of merchandise worth US$97.92 million.

compared to In the first eight months of 2021, Dominican formal exports to Haiti grew by US$156.57.

Between the products of greater demand of the productive sectors of Haiti They are: Cotton fabrics, with a high cotton content, T-shirts and t-shirts, Portland cement, soybean oil, wheat or meslin flour (tranquillón), iron bars or unalloyed steel, crockery and plastic items , polymer plates, sheets, sheets and strips, demijohns, bottles, jars and similar items, bakery, pastry or biscuit products, paper or corrugated cardboard boxes, palm oil and its fractions, sweet cookies and others.

Haiti represents 9.07% of the total exports of the Dominican Republic and it ranks as the third commercial partner, according to data from the Export and Investment Center of the Dominican Republic (ProDominicana). In the first place is the United States, with 50.18% of total exports and in second place Switzerland with 9.16%.

The formal imports from Haiti to the Dominican Republic are very low or practically nil. in the first eight months of this year they barely reach US$4.46 million, which represents a favorable trade balance for the country.

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The “Dominican-Haitian Border Market Economic Study, 2014-2018”, published by the Central Bank in 2021, exposes relevant information on informal trade between the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

He explains that, in 2010, it had been determined that only 60% of exports are registered by the General Directorate of Customs and 40% are carried out through the informal market, which motivated the realization of this study.

The executive summary states that the results of the study indicate that the flow of informal border trade amounted to US$429.6 million in 2017 and of this amount, US$331.5 million correspond to national exports and US$98.1 million to national imports.

Some 849 tariff lines that make up the diversity of products marketed in this zone, 487 for export and 362 for import.

The study indicates that “just over a third of informal market exports correspond to products from the agro-industrial sector”, and informal trade is characterized by the export of agro-industrial products (such as lace rice, chicken meat and pasta) and agricultural products (such as beans, lemons and bananas), as well as the import of footwear and textiles. Other products are pasta, seasonings, sausages, edible oils, flour and others.

40% Informal trade. According to the statistics available in the Central Bank and according to 2010 data, 40% of exports take place in the informal sector through 19 binational markets.

In 2017, 65.6% of informal imports corresponded to products from the industrial sector.

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