Cuban customs seize power station from passengers who exceeded the permissible limit

The Cuban customs He seized a power station from a passenger who exceeded the permissible limit, after The entry into force of the new provisions for non-commercial imports into the islandAccording to information from the official journalist bypassed social networks.

Since August 15, when new customs regulations came into effect, only one item has been confiscated from a passenger. Cuban television journalist Lázaro Manuel Alonso said Wednesday on his personal Facebook page that it is about a traveler who brought three power stations to the country, while today the allowed is two per person.

Alonso, who noted that he was preparing a report for the island’s television information system, confirmed that “the rest of the travelers entered the country with all their luggage” and that “they remain tax-free and without restrictions on quantities, import of medicines, hygiene and food”.

Facebook capture / Lázaro Manuel Alonso

As he said in another post, “In Terminal 2 of Havana Airport, non-commercial imports have increased, based on new customs regulations. In particular, electricity generation equipment, rechargeable lamps and portable fans stand out.”

Similarly, he emphasized on his social network that “80 per cent of the passengers arriving in Cuba travel through the Green Channel, without paying taxes”, as well as emphasizing that in the three days that the current decision of Cuban Customs was implemented “- only one item was confiscated To exceed the limits of the electrical stations allowed in the customs regulation.

In the comments to his post, one user said: “I think in times like this, with the current energy crisis, there should be more flexibility with the number of power plants allowed, as well as their generating capacity, because if you don’t remember the maximum allowable power, They are about 1100 watts.”

Facebook capture / Lázaro Manuel Alonso

After noticing the user, Alonso replied that “there is no limit to the allowed power. Yes there is in quantities. There are two allowed by the passengers.

Another netizen commented, “The greatest weapon we have against the embargo is not in MINREX or in the UN. It’s in customs laws. If the state can’t bring essential and non-essential products to Cuban families, it has to open the borders so that they can somehow enter.” It includes automotive equipment.

This breaks the trade embargo. At the border, in the fight against drug or firearm smuggling, the rest goes inland, in some way that will make up for the lack of market,” says another user.

Importing power plants to the island is a relevant issue in the face of the escalating energy crisis in the country, which is affecting the residential sector as well as the economic sector, including entrepreneurs.

This Wednesday, the news portal Cubanet It issues a report on the island’s demand for power plants by private business owners, who have chosen to save their investment to purchase power generators to maintain their production.

Facebook capture / Lázaro Manuel Alonso

But this option, referring to the aforementioned media, will also lead to a significant increase in the selling price of what is produced, since it is an investment that must be recovered, in addition to the fact that demand and prices for power plants on the island have skyrocketed, after the value of currencies in the market is not official.

New measures for imports to Cuba of a non-commercial nature entered into force on August 15, after approval of Resolution 175/2022 of the Cuban Customs, in which changes were made to the non-commercial import of natural persons, in response to measures announced by the Cuban government in The last session of the National Council of People’s Power To feed the moribund Cuban economy with oxygen.

According to this decision, from this week you can Import up to five mobile phonesIn addition to Two power plants and the same number of electric motors. In the case of motorcycles A third will be allowed to import if shipped as merchandise.

Other changes are that those receiving air, sea, postal and non-commercial postal shipments, You will not pay customs duties for the first 30 USD of value or equivalent weight, up to three kilograms of shipment, in value/weight ratio Created by customs.

also Import of miscellaneous products has been defined as non-commercial in nature based on their value, weight, and variety of items to be imported.and not due to physical quantities, in addition to the increase in the allowable amount of some items.

Facebook capture / Lázaro Manuel Alonso

in the decision It is clear that the non-commercial character of imports has to do with the ‘nature and functions of the commodity’ and what “Repetition of imports does not show the nature or commercial purpose of importing them.”.

This sentence It is interpreted as a direct warning to people who participate in shopping tourismknown as “mules,” who take advantage of their immigrant status to leave the country and enter merchandise that is later resold in the informal market.

In the event that customs consider it a commercial import, The traveler may be punished with confiscation of items that exceed the specified amount in the new resolution.

This new customs decision comes with a price list, Under which the tax is supposed to be reduced by 70% until today imposed on the same products.

Easing the import of goods for non-commercial purposes is part of a A package of 70 measures approved by the Cuban government to restore the deteriorating national economywhich was characterized by shortages of food, medicine and other essential products, and the aggravation of the energy crisis due to the shortage of fuel, which directly affects transportation and constant power outages.

After the protests of 11 and 12 July 2021, the government Imports of medicines, foodstuffs and cleaning products for non-commercial purposes are exempted from customs paymentsWhich represented a relief to many families with relatives abroad, to counteract the general shortage of these varieties in the country.

However, critics of the government assert that it is not the responsibility of Cubans in exile to deal with the shortage caused by the mismanagement of the country, and they deplore the consequences of the so-called task order, which was not adopted only in the worst of times. For Cuba, however, the poor citizens are more and create deeper gaps between different sectors of society.

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