Sunday, July 30, 2006

Capitalizing on misery of others

Yet again, a regular contributor to this blog, the Customs and Tax Authority of Ethiopia rears its ugly head. This time, its victims are poor Ethiopians fleeing the war in Lebanon after already enduring years of physical and mental hardship as domestic workers. Evacuees can expect whatever valuables or personal belonging they may have packed will be subject to the usual and diabolical 100%-200% import tax.

“We would like to advise those returning from Lebanon and applying for their duty free right that we have suspended receiving such applications beginning July 19, for an unlimited period,” says the notice issued by the Customs and Tax Desk of the Ministry.

Lebanon Evacuees Denied Duty Free Status (Addis Fortune) July 23, 2006