Touted as a help to investors, the following email was sent to a MELANIE at Beltraide, the email address taken off their website back on Oct. 18, 2011. I am still waiting for a reply from this government department on Feb. 13, 2012, four months later. Of course I did not expect a reply from BELTRAIDE back then, but thought with all the hype they get in the news and government propoganda I would give it a try. You never know, a dysfunctional make work department, might actually function. Alas! Not so. I think four months is enough, don´t you?
Re: hammock cottage industry out Western Belize - job making and material supply dilemmas.
TO: 1 recipient
Do you have any solution to this problem for incoming materials from Guatemala City? Re customs?
From: Ray Auxillou
Sent: Tuesday, October 18, 2011 4:13 PM
Subject: hammock cottage industry out Western Belize - job making and material supply dilemmas.
Got a young man in Benque has been contacting me several times about starting a hammock making cottage industry. Going to see if I can encourage him to be an entrepreneur. There are a number of business problems to solve. One is how to get synthetic string made in Guatemala City factories shipped across the border here by delivery trucks, and getting the material ( synthetic string ) in duty free. As the purpose is to make jobs for locals in a piece work cottage industry style. We are only talking 50 hammocks a month to start. So going through elaborate red tape government paperwork is out of the question. Too time consuming and labor expensive red tape is too much, for the size of the operation.
Anybody know how to resolve this dilemma? I presume you get your product material needed, on a customs list at the border, to let it come in duty free?
NO DIALOGUE ENSUED AND NO HELP OR ADVICE WAS OFFERED!
Do you a voter, or Belize citizen believe BELTRAIDE actually helps investment? I´ve never found it so, over the years, since it was first created.