Trade Partnership of Dominican Republic and Haiti Ignores Ban

Haiti has overtaken Central America as second in volume of imports from its neighbor, the Dominican Republic (DR). During 2012, $97,530,000 of goods was imported from the DR, a 50% increase over 2011's figure of $64,730,000. This $32,800,000 rise in import dollars was due in part to more egg imports, a 50% gain from 6,390,000 eggs in 2011 to 12,400,000 in 2012. The Center for Export and Investment of the Dominican Republic (CEI-RD) compiled the 2011-2012 figures.


This rise in egg imports indicates although the government of Haiti has enforced a ban on egg imports beginning in 2008, it is being ignored by the trading partnership of Haiti and the DR.

Imports from the DR according to the CEI-RD include: food stuffs (whole wheat flour, soybean oil, rice, sugarcane, chicken bouillon, biscuits); textiles (cotton); farm supplies (fertilizers); plastics; spirits (rum); construction supplies (cement, steel); packaging material and paper products (cardboard); and hardware (steel wire rods, ingots, steel rods).

Danilo Medina, President of the DR, gave a speech after assuming office in August of 2012, in which he reported the trading partnership between Haiti and the DR has been extremely profitable for both, citing the 50% increase in 2011and 2012 export figures. As Haiti and the DR strengthen their partnership, it is likely revenues will continue rising at a steady rate. The next step would be to begin reducing imports from Central America, with a cost savings in the tens of millions.

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