Dominican used car importers vow shutdown

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Dominican used car importers vow shutdown

Santo Domingo.- Dominican Republic?s three major associations of used auto importers on Tuesday announced the suspension of imports in response to the Customs Agency?s (DGA) ?exaggerated? increase in the assigned value of used vehicles which they affirm is driving them toward bankruptcy.

The president of Asocivu, Ram?n Ramos; of Anadive, Luis Taveras and of Adeci, Jose Fernandez warned that their associations? 1,200 dealers will not stand still and will confront the face the Agency?s abuses.

At a press conference in Hotel Emajador the business leaders said their sector?s decision to halt imports and other actions aims to draw president Danilo Medina?s attention because the DGA has ignored their ?fair? demands.

?We have exhausted the Customs Agency?s channels of dialogue, we?ve visited officials of that institution on numerous occasions to make them aware of the difficult situation affecting our industry. With unsuccessful attempts for a friendly outcome, since we?ve been demanding a solution for several months, which is to implement an evaluation system according to what the parties implemented several years ago, based on a scale of real depreciation for importe3d vehicles,? said Taveras.

The heads of Anadive, Asocivu and Adeci said after going through a revision of the vehicles valuation process, Customs financial officials had pledged to make changes to those vehicles which have shown a steep increase.

?The lack of a response promised by the DGA leads us to implement a shutdown in the import of vehicles until compliance of the agreements is reached.?

Source: DT