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The first vice president of the Councils of State and Ministers of Cuba, Salvador Valdés Mesa, said this Thursday in Santiago that the Executive is working "to carry out measures to stop the importation of merchandise of a non-commercial nature in order that the people can meet those needs within the country. "

These statements, collected by the local newspaper Sierra Maestra, were made at the headquarters of the Customs of Santiago de Cuba, during the official visit with Miguel Díaz-Canel to the territory.

Gladys Carrasco Gallo, head of Customs in Santiago de Cuba, said that the work carried out during 2018 by the agency she leads was developed "in a scenario of greater complexity and aggressiveness", due to the high demand for imported goods in the illegal market and the increase in the number of people engaged in buying abroad and take the goods to the island to then resell.

Although he did not write down the total number of registered infractions, he pointed out that they were 392 more than in 2017.

For his part, Valdés Mesa pointed out the need to reduce the high numbers of complaints from travelers regarding the service provided by the Customs.

One of the weak points of the Customs of Santiago is, according to the official newspaper, the accumulation and abandonment of confiscated objects due to lack of space in the warehouse.

Salvador Valdés asked Customs workers in Santiago to be "invulnerable" to "bribes."

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