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Santo Domingo.- Dominican Republic Industries Association (AIRD) president Ligia Bonetti on Thursday said the country's security cannot lay in private hands, because it’s the Government’s prerogative.

She said the country’s businesses are opposed to the contract with the company ICSSI, calling it unconstitutional on grounds of monopoly privileges.

Bonetti said the installation of X-ray systems to inspect containers in Dominican ports doesn’t confer any special or distinctive value on the goods.

"Customs should be in government hands. This contract undermines competitiveness and adds no value to our products, because they’ll not take that into account in other ports," Bonetti said, interviewed on the Cuentas Claras program on 95.7 FM.

Company defends contract

Meanwhile the company ICSSI, Border Support Services, said since August 2012 accepted the Presidential Committee’s conclusions to renegotiate the original contract, accepting the Dominican Port Authority’s proposal, which cut fees by around 50%, as stipulated in the contract issued by the state in 2002.

In a statement to the print media, ICSSI adds that the implementation of the contract, "at rates suggested by the Government, to charge US$45 for full containers and US$20 for empty ones, far from making costs more expensive, will reduce them substantially."

FBI probe

Bonetti’s statements come in the heels of an FBI probe into Dominican eye doctor and ICSSI stakeholder Salomon Melgen, a contributor of New Jersey senator Robert Menéndez.

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5 comment(s)
Written by: Ricardolito, 8 Feb 2013 9:19 AM
From: Dominican Republic, Zona Colonial
This is a difficult one, becaue there are bound to be rotten apples in a private contractor or in a private contractor ..There have been many programmes recently on TV showing border security in New Zealand, Australia and in England all carried out by government officers , the scenes are at airports,ports and postal depots, unheard of in the DR , Bu in the USA it seems it is a shared ressponsibility between private and government contractors . The real problem seems to lie with the xray equipment and the efficiency where I believe only about 25 % of containers are scanned and I wonder if these are random
Written by: stillhere, 8 Feb 2013 9:21 AM
From: Dominican Republic

As I have asked many times before about the fact that the DR catches drugs going out and never coming in???? Now I may just understand why, a little better now!!
Written by: gmiller261, 8 Feb 2013 10:36 AM
From: United States

Let me think, 1% rotten apples in the private contractor to 99% in the Dominican workers.

And when a private contractor get caught stealing they will go to jail. NOT if the Dominicans run it.
Written by: juanb, 8 Feb 2013 11:22 AM
From: Dominican Republic

Whose cousin/brother/uncle owns ICSSI?
Written by: DomRat, 8 Feb 2013 11:58 AM
From: Dominican Republic
How does the charge “at rates suggested by the Government, US$45 for full containers and US$20 for empty ones, far from making costs more expensive, will reduce them substantially." ? Oh only half of initial requested rate, how can a proposed tariff of double that get halved and still make money, unless there were terrific overcharges initially. Throw the bums out., or better still before that; see who was to get what out of the deal and chase them down.
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