Between January and April of this year In 2021 (one four-month period), the General Customs Directorate (DGA) increased the collection goals established by the Ministry of Finance by just over 30%.
If you take a look at another angle, in the August-March period, the agency has achieved administrative savings equivalent to RD $ 163,580,987.
The Director General of Customs, Eduardo Sanz Lovatón, reported in a meeting with the press that between January and April 2021 it has collected RD $ 53,570.20 million, which represents RD $ 12,797.45 million in addition to the originally established goals. In this activity with journalists, various issues were addressed (without losing the main reason for the meeting), including the need for a new Customs Law, of which Sanz Lovatón is aware that it needs to be updated.
The one in force and in use dates from 1953, a year in which neither computers existed and customs clearance processes were carried out manually and to a certain extent by hand.
Eduardo Sanz Lovatón favors limiting the discretionary power of the Director General of Customs and the administrators of that public institution, because that does not correspond to the State of the 21st century.
December 2020 became the month with the highest collection in the history of Customs, collecting RD $ 14,660.7 million. From January to April 2021, the first four-month period with the highest collection in the history of the DGA was registered, thus contributing to the objective proposed since they began their administration, of supporting the rescue efforts of the national economy promoted by the Central Government.
Regarding the administrative savings, he explained that the greater efficiencies have been due to the contracting of services, reduction of representation expenses, rationalization of fuel expenses, elimination of the use of bonds for various purposes, among others.
“Since we arrived at the General Directorate of Customs we have complemented, on the one hand, the dynamism in the economy that has generated confidence in the Government of President Abinader and his economic cabinet, with a series of internal efficiencies in this DGA that have allowed us to collect much more and spend much less ”, indicated Sanz Lovatón.
Since they assumed control in August 2020, the new DGA authorities led by Sanz Lovatón, implemented a work plan based on the search for continuous efficiencies and focused on reducing the collection deficit they found upon arrival. As of November 2020, in every month there have been increases in collections compared to the previous year, even considering that in 2019 there were no effects of the pandemic.
The use of technologies
Sanz Lovatón assured that the institution he directs is committed to building a “new Customs”, supported by new technologies to have greater control over its operations, streamline processes and provide better service to users.
Currently, the DGA is in a transformation process to make the Dominican Republic become the Hub logistics of the region, managing to leverage competitive advantages such as its privileged geographical location and the infrastructures of its roads, ports and airports.
For this reason, the DGA has also set itself the ambitious goal of achieving dispatch in 24 hours or less all the commercial merchandise that qualifies, as is done in the most efficient customs in the world.