The president of the Dominican Poultry Association (ADA), Jose Lopez Deschampsreiterated this Friday the rejection of the enactment of the law that seeks to tax zero rate the import tariff of 67 tariff subheadings among which is the chicken and parts of chicken.
“We do not agree with that because it puts national producers to compete in unequal conditions. We met with the deputies and even with the President of the Republic and they insisted that this was to have a legal status for anything”, Indian.
He said that they were first promised that there would be an ADA member on the commission, but in the end it wasn’t.
“Now in the Senate we did not have participation because they called us for Wednesday and they approved the law in second reading on Tuesday, we had nothing to look for there,” he explained.
Last Tuesday the Senate of the Dominican Republic approved in second reading the ordinary bill that establishes a zero rate for 67 products of the basic basket familiar provisionally, for six months, and now the observation and promulgation of the Executive Branch is awaited.
The piece of legislation establishes in its paragraph III that there will be a commission for agricultural imports, which may limit the importation of these products with quantitative limits, via quotas, and will determine the corresponding administration mechanisms for each case.
The discussion of this law is given in search of reducing the prices of basic food products that have been affected by the international scenario created by the war Russia and Ukraine. Also, the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are added to this scenario.
José López Deschamps told Free Journal that he poultry sector The Dominican Republic has had to struggle with the international prices of raw materials.
“The only luck that we have been getting the raw material, but every day more expensive”Lopez Deschamps said.
Despite the international situation, he said they have been able to keep prices stable in the country.
“We are below the prices of the United States and Brazil, but we don’t know how long that will be,” express.
He said that the poultry sector uses about 100,000 tons of corn every three months.