Re: Haiti Port Taxes Or Fees Amount To Same Thing
Port fees or taxes call it whatever you wish, it amounts to the same thing;
People do have to pay an exorbitant amount of money to ship goods intoo haiti and those fees are passed on to the Haitian people specially when they charge from 10% to 25% on a bag of rice. Its a shame when they charge high fees for those PUTRID PORTS to non profit organizations who are bringing humanitarian aid to Haiti's poor.
Quote: Source Transport in Haiti:"PORTS AND HARBORS:
Cap-Haitien, Gonaïves, Jacmel, Jérémie, Les Cayes, Miragoane, Port-au-Prince, Port-de-Paix, Saint-Marc, Fort Liberte
The port at Port-au-Prince has more registered shipping than any of the over dozen ports in the country.
The port's facilities include cranes, large berths, and warehouses, but these facilities are in universally poor shape.
The port is underused, possibly due to the substantially high port fees compared to ports in the Dominican Republic."
"2. Information on Typical Product Pricing Structures
The cost of products sold in Haiti reflects high operating and transaction costs.
Haiti has the highest port fees in the hemisphere as well as various import taxes and duties that apply to all imported products.
These high transaction costs add approximately 35% to the final selling price of a product"
Source: International market research
When they charge 25% on a sac of rice instead of 10% that extra cost is passed on to the Haitian people.
That's why the cost of living is so high in Haiti.
Its not the cost of the food but the cost of the port fees that are causing Haitian to go hungry.
Posted April 3 2008 at 3:58 PM
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