Mechanism by which diaspora can bring goods home should be improved, opinion

The law on the exemption of citizens of the Republic of Moldova who return home to live here from paying import duties should be adjusted so that it is really for the benefit of the people, said Dumitru Pogorea, president of honor of the National Moldovan Cultural Center of Novosibirsk, who himself faced difficulties on the road home.

In a news conference hosted by IPN, Dumitru Pogorea said the difficulties appeared when he started to look for units of transport by which to bring home personal belongings gathered during his stay in Russia. “A carrier from Moldova promised to come and load all our possessions. I talked to customs officers and paid the loading persons,” he said, noting that after everything was arranged, he received a message from the carrier, informing him that the vehicle would not come. The man had to look for other solutions, but the challenges continued. When he reached the customs post, he was told that he should have informed about their intention to take personal belongings over the border 30 days beforehand. He therefore had to take the staff to a storage place he found with difficulty as such places are not offered to private individuals. He incurred costs after costs.

Dumitru Pogorea believes the current legislation is not equitable as it does not take into account the person’s period of stay abroad. In five, ten or 30 years, the value of the accumulated goods is different. “During 30 years, we treaded the mud, organized polling stations for those from the right to come to power and bring things in the country in order so that we have laws for the people, higher pensions and higher salaries for public sector employees. But nothing of this really happens,” said Dumitru Pogorea. 

The man called on the Bureau for Diaspora Relations to work out a mechanism for monitoring the whole process of diaspora members returning home. “I ask you insistently to roll up your sleeves and start work. If not, allow others who can work to take your place,” stated Dumitru Pogorea.

Bus driver Ion Cojocaru related that the food products he was transporting by the vehicle were confiscated as contraband. He was deprived of goods and was even fined. “Moldova is maintained by the diaspora from abroad,” said the man, suggesting that the Moldovans who work abroad should be treated more respectfully.

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