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Dominican Republic: Banana Producers Ask For Better Services in Manzanillo

13.4.2018

The lack of a port with capacity to receive post Panamax vessels and the deterioration of the port structures of Manzanillo and Puerto Plata make the industrial and banana sectors from Bonao to the Dominican-Haitian border transport their products for export through the ports of Caucedo and Haina.

In a letter sent to the Minister of the Presidency, Gustavo Montalvo, the directors of industrial and banana associations of the Cibao and the Northwest Line, explained that they are forced to cross the entire island from the northwest, in the Atlantic Ocean, to the south, in the Caribbean Sea with around 200 banana trucks every week.

"If this situation continues, it would take us out of competition and therefore represent the end of our exports from this important area, since it adds an additional day of maritime transport and several hours of land transport, greatly increasing costs and reducing the capacity of fast response to the demands of the North American market," said the letter in which they recalled a meeting held in the office of Minister Montalvo and Deputy Minister Juan Arial Jiménez, in which they expressed their concern and asked for solutions to the situation affecting foreign trade.

The solution involves turning Manzanillo into a space capable of receiving large capacity ships, according to Montalvo, in the document signed by the Development Association, the Dominican Association of Banana Producers, the North Region Industrial Association, the Merchants' Association and Industrials, Chamber of Commerce and Production of Santiago, Corporación Zona Franca Santiago, Association of Free Zone Companies of Santiago, Cibao International Airport and the Institute for the Development of the Northwest.

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