HAVANA, Oct 16 (ACN) The Ministry of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment (MINCEX) established new procedures to carry out imports by natural persons through state-owned companies, Rodrigo Malmierca, head of that ministry, announced at the Mesa Redonda TV program.
Malmierca explained that natural persons have three ways to acquire a product: go to the 11 state-owned companies designated to import through consignment, do so through a customs warehouse or that the importing company facilitates them to buy abroad the product requested.
For the formalities, natural persons will need the ID and the debit card of the bank account where the person has deposited the currencies to make payments, the official said.
The companies, if they consider it, can include suppliers in their portfolio to facilitate the diversity of offers. A bidding and contracting process must be carried out to improve the service and the price-quality relation.
The terms of the operation, features of the cargo, technical specifications and quality are agreed between the natural person and the importing company, as well as deadlines, Malmierca specified.
The value of the import depends on the value of the product and other aspects such as transportation, handling, inspection and related expenses, but the commercial margin that the company has is very low and defined by the Ministry of Finance and Prices because the main objective is to serve the population, he stressed.
The selected importing entities are Consuimport, Transimport, Maquimport, Divep, Cadena Caribe, Citmatel, Importadora Palco, CIMEX, Copextel, Sasa and Caracol.
There will be no restrictions for self-employed workers, who will come as natural persons, the minister concluded.