Monday, August 18, 2014

Brochure Warns Travelers About New Customs Rules

Brochure Warns Travelers About New Customs Rules / 14ymedio
Posted on August 17, 2014

14YMedio, Havana, 16 August 2014 – As of this morning a brochure titled
"Customs Regulations Every Traveler Should Know" is on sale at all the
newsstands. This is the fourth edition which, at a price of 2 Cuban
pesos, includes the new customs regulations that will take effect
September first.

The General Customs of the Republic (AGR) issued Resolution 206/2014
which limits the quantities of the same item that can be imported, and
details the cost to bring it into the country. Among the most affected
products are food, jewelry, toiletries, clothing—including
underwear—plus appliances and computers.

In an interview with the official press, the deputy chief of the AGR,
Idalmis Rosales Milanes, justified the move based on "a study that
confirmed the high volumes imported by certain people are destined for
marketing and profit. Computers and communications tools will be
particularly affected.

The brochure available at the newsstands contains some of the
clarifications that Customs has been posting on its website. The text
answers general questions about what will change and what will not
change as of the first of September.

The measure has caused concern among Cubans who consider these imports a
way to alleviate shortages, high prices and the poor quality of the
products offered in the retail trade network. The self-employed are
demanding the implementation of commercial import rules that allow them
to bring into the country the raw materials and products to do their jobs.

Source: Brochure Warns Travelers About New Customs Rules / 14ymedio |
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