Puebla textile industry calls for smuggling operations

Puebla, Pue. The Chamber of the Textile Industry (Citex), Puebla-Tlaxcala delegation, urged federal and state authorities to carry out operations in flea markets and markets, because part of the contraband and stolen merchandise is arriving from the companies’ cargo trucks, which represents significant economic losses.

Carlos Couttolenc López, president of the organization, said that they are concerned that something is not being done to detect the illegal merchandise that arrives in these commercial areas despite the damage it generates to textile factories, which are also penalized by their customers when they do not deliver to time due to the robberies they suffer on the roads.

“It is not about prohibiting this commercial activity, because there are small workshops that manufacture their products, but others resort to providing contraband to sell to the detriment of formal companies and obtain large profits without paying taxes,” he deepened.

He pointed out that Citex will not stop speaking out against the unfair competition that is generated from customs, where the entry of illegal merchandise has not yet been fully stopped.

He commented that, as long as this problem is not stopped, the textile and maquila sectors will continue to be at a disadvantage and grow slowly, which is a generality in the country.

Couttolenc López specified that it is in the hands of the authorities to deal with complaints from industrialists who are victims of theft and whose finished products are easily marketed in flea markets and markets.

Road insecurity

In this vein, he said that this goes hand in hand with monitoring insecurity zones on the roads, since motor carriers are at the mercy of organized crime that uses its own technology to take units that bring GPS, since they use inhibitors of radars to have time to remove the merchandise.

He explained that only the load of fabrics reaches a value of 800,000 pesos, plus the value of the transport unit that is also stolen, which ranges from 1 million 500,000 to 2 million 700,000 pesos.

He acknowledged that some small workshops prefer to sell in tianguis, but authorities are also required to make sure that merchants are offering legal merchandise.

“There may even be another industry that buys stolen raw material as an order. For example, a cotton needs another company to process it, they cannot sell the bale as such ”, he commented.

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