Al-Ayyam newspaper – Raising the customs dollar raises citizens’ questions and fears of high prices

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> Al-Ayyam continues to extrapolate the street in the capital, Aden, about the decision to raise the customs dollar and the repercussions it left behind among society, especially when trade unions expressed their rejection of this decision, describing it as a killer for people’s livelihood.

The unions called on the government to reverse its decision to raise the dollar tariff for the customs tax and the decision to raise the prices of oil derivatives, electricity, water and gas, and the catastrophic consequences that would accompany them in light of the living conditions that citizens endure.

Al-Ayyam met with a number of shop owners and surveyed their opinion on that. A shop owner, H.M.A., spoke, saying: “Since we are negatively affected by the repercussions of this decision, and there will be a rise in the prices of imported goods.” The customs dollar is from 500 to 750 riyals, with an increase estimated at (50%). The makers of this decision think that basic commodities will be exempt, so this is useless, and we are still suffering from currency disturbances as well as stagnation in the markets, and when you come to a decision such as raising the customs dollar, there must be a movement account In the local market instead of not taking into account the situation of citizens in general.

As for the citizen, “SHA”, he asked about this increase, which causes a big difference between the Houthi ports and the ports of the south ?, which makes merchants the destination of their goods to the port of Hodeidah, including the killing of the southern ports in favor of the Houthis, and here we lose all instead of some, is there a way to prevent merchants From transferring their goods to the port of Hodeidah, or leave it to the merchant?

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S.T.A.: “Merchants will resort to importing 250 customs dollars through the port of Hodeidah, which will strengthen the movement in favor of the Houthi militia. It would have been more appropriate for the port of Aden to be the most appropriate place, and for merchants to enjoy facilities in a way that facilitates and encourages economic movement and alleviates the suffering of the people.”

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“a S.” One of the shop owners: “We found a glimmer of hope in the decrease in the cost of shipping, but we are surprised by the decision to raise the customs dollar. This is what worsens the situation in all aspects of the citizens’ living life, as we depend mainly on imports, and these decisions do not come, and the country is going through a state of emergency, and most likely there will be Facilities to facilitate the process of commercial movement, and we note in the Chamber of Commerce announcement that some merchants have authorized the suspension of some of their commercial activities, and this affects the local market, which may lead to a lack of imported items or may be sold in the black markets.

A.P.S., a citizen and worker in a local market: “Decisions to raise the customs dollar must be studied in light of the good economic conditions of the country in order to encourage local products that wars have completely destroyed, but taking such a decision in such living and economic conditions is an addition A dose to the previous doses and a burden on the shoulders of the citizens, as for the merchant, he only has to add the amounts to the prices of the commodities, as the only harmed here is the citizen.

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