Trucks filled with cargo shipments in Haiti. Photo credit: Listin Diario

On the same day President Jovenel Moïse recommended strengthening the country’s ports to prevent weapons trafficking, the General Administration of Customs (AGD) announced on Twitter that cargo shipments won’t be verified until further notice on Monday.

“The implementation of the Program of Verification and Conformity of Merchandises is suspended until the signature of a new agreement with the General Society of Surveillance,” the AGD writes in a note.

AGD didn’t specify the detailed reason why the program of verification is suspended.

Customs officials found firearms, bullets and flashlights in a cargo shipment in Cap Haitien on Thursday.

Historic church catches on fire, Dominican firefighters put it out

The Catholic Church of Belladère caught on fire on Mar. 1, 2021.

The top floor of the Catholic Church of Belladère, a town in the Central Department near the Dominican-Haiti border, caught on fire on Monday. 

Mayor Phèdre Lacroix called for help from Haitian authorities. However, it was Dominican firefighters from nearby Elias Pina who helped put out the fire.

The reason for fire is unknown. Source

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Onz Chery is a Haiti correspondent for The Haitian Times. Chery started his journalism career as a City College of New York student with The Campus. He later wrote for First Touch, local soccer leagues in New York and Elite Sports New York before joining The Haitian Times in 2019.

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