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COMMERCE BETWEEN DOMINICAN REPUBLIC AND HAITI AND POSSIBLE TRANSMISSION OF AFRICAN SWINE FEVER

July 24, 1978, midnight

(B) PORT AU PRINCE 3010 (C) PORT AU PRINCE 2965 1. DOMINICAN OFFICIAL EXPORTS TO HAITI NOW RUNNING AT ABOUT DOLS 4 MILLION PER YEAR. MAJOR EXPORT ITEMS INCLUDE FERTILIZER, REFRIGERATORS, PLASTIC PRODUCTS, PAPER BAGS AND OTHER MANUFACTURERS. TWO SHIPMENTS OF PORK PRODUCTS INCLUDING SMOKED HAMS, SALAMI, BOLOGNA AND SAUSAGES WENT TO PORT AU PRINCE JUNE 12, 1978 FROM A PACKER IN SANTO DOMINGO. TOTAL VALUE THESE SHIPMENTS LESS THAN DOLS 4 THOUSAND AND CONSIGNED THREE SUPERMARKETS IN PORT AU PRINCE. 2. NORMAL MODE TRANSPORTATION IS BY TRUCK ACROSS THE FRONTIER. ROUGHLY TEN TRUCKS PER WEEK CROSS INTO HAITI AND RETURN. OTHER UNOFFICIAL EXPORTS UNDETERMINED VOLUME SHOES, UNCLASSIFIED UNCLASSIFIED PAGE 02 SANTO 04027 242100Z GARMENTS, FOODSTUFFS AND HOUSEWARES WHICH CLASSIFIED AS "SUITCASE COMMERC". THIS TRADE INVOLVES LARGE NUMBER HAITIAN WOMEN WHO FLY TO SANTO DOMINGO, PURCHASE GOODS IN PUBLIC MARKETS AND TRANSPORT THEM IN LARGE BAGS AND SUITCASES BACK TO PORT-AU-PRINCE FOR RESALE. 3. ACCORDING TO FIRST HAND REPORTS RECEIVED BY USDA VETERINA- Sheryl P. Walter Declassified/Released US Department of State EO Systematic Review 20 Mar 2014 Sheryl P. Walter Declassified/Released US Department of State EO Systematic Review 20 Mar 2014 RIANS VISITING BORDER POINTS OF JIMANI, D.R. IT IS QUITE COMMON FOR DOMINICAN AND HAITIAN OFFICIALS STATIONED AT BORDER POINTS TO BARTER VARIOUS ITEMS INCLUDING LIVESTOCK BACK AND FORTH. THUS THERE EXISTS A STRONG PROBABILITY THAT DOMINICAN SWINE HAVE BEEN MOVED INTO HAITI IN RECENT WEEKS AND MONTHS. IN FACT, ACCORDING TO DOMINICAN VETERINARY OFFICIALS IN JIMANI DEATHS OF MANY SWINE IN HAITIAN TOWNS OF MALPASSE AND FOND PARISIEN HAVE OCCURRED IN RECENT WEEKS AND MAYORS OF DOMINICAN AND HAITIAN BORDER TOWNS HAVE CONFERRED OF MATTER. DOMINICAN VETERINARY OFFICIALS HAVE ALSO REPORTED HEARING OF SWINE DEATHS ON HAITIAN SIDE OF BORDER ACROSS FROM EL AGUACATE JUST SOUTH OF LAKE ENRIQUILLO. 4. IN ADDITION TO OFFICIAL TRADE, SUITCASE COMMERCE AND BARTER AT THE BORDER THERE EXISTS AN UNDETERMINED VOLUME OF SMUGGLING OF VARIOUS PRODUCTS ACROSS THE BORDER IN BOTH DIRECTIONS DEPENDING ON RELATIVE PRICE LEVELS AND EXPORT DUTIES. 5. HAITI'S OFFICIAL EXPORTS TO THE D.R. TOTAL LESS THAN DOLS. ONE MILLION ANNUALLY. SISAL FIBER IS BELIEVED TO BE THE MOST IMPORTANT ITEM AND MOVES BY TRUCK TO SANTO DOMINGO. MAJOR BORDER CROSSING POINTS ARE AT DOMINICAN TOWNS JIMANI, ELIAS PINA AND DAJABON. YOST UNCLASSIFIED NNN Sheryl P. Walter Declassified/Released US Department of State EO Systematic Review 20 Mar 2014 Sheryl P. Walter Declassified/Released US Department of State EO Systematic Review 20 Mar 2014