President of the Dominica Manufacturer’s Association, Severin McKenzie, has revealed that one of the main challenges for manufacturers in Dominica is the cost of exporting products to the regional market.
Savarin, who owns Nature Island Paper Products, gave an example of where he said he was presented with a bill of about US$2,500 to export products from his company to Guadeloupe in a 20-foot container.
He was speaking at a press conference announcing the new ownership of Nature’s Water on Monday.
He also lamented the cost of importing goods into the country in comparison to that of the export bill.
“We have an import bill of close to $600-million and an export bill of about $80-million …. So we can understand what the trade imbalance for Dominica is,” he said.
He also noted that selling local products is major concern for local manufacturers.
“We have a serious difficulty in the country where we have to fight to get Dominican products sold,” McKenzie stated.
He added that a Buy Dominica Carnival Extravaganza which will be held from February 6th to 12th.
He said the event will give local manufacturers the perfect opportunity to display and sell their products.
McKenzie urged manufacturers to ensure that some of the money that is made in Dominica stays in Dominica.