Dominican customs fines Cemex

Dominican customs fines Cemex
Published: 08 July 2009

The Customs Agency (DGA) yesterday announced the collection of RD$1.14 million in taxes and fines on the cement company Cemex Dominicana and the power company Generadora Itabo, accusing them of being involved in "serious practices related to fuel imports and destinations which affect tax revenue."

In a statement released to the press, the DGA also said it charged Cemex RD$55.9m for tax evasion on the import of 40,724t of allegedly mineral coal. It also accuses it of trying to undervalue freight manifests.

The DGA said Itabo tried to transfer 644.78 metric tons of the fuel petcoke to Cemex.

It said at the beginning of this month, its officials went to Cemex’s freight-weighing line to investigate the situation of 17 trucks, which Cemex and Itabo allege they were dispatched by a "mistake" of their respective operations and decided to return them.

It said faced with the irregularities, Customs immediately decided to audit both companies during the last two years.