Cameroon – Littoral: Chinese traders are causing great loses on Cameroonian traders in Douala. Here’s how.

Written by Deckson N.

They accuse the Chinese among others of discriminatory sales. They say they do not get a visa from the Chinese Embassy when they want to go to China to get supplies.

Relations between the Cameroonian sellers and the Chinese traders located at the Chinese market place in the Akwa neighborhood in Douala in the Littoral Region are not fine at all. The daily newspaper Le Jour of 5 May 2017 reports that Cameroonians accuse the Chinese of discriminatory sales. According to their explanations, “Chinese importers refuse to sell to domestic retailers for the benefit of their own“. A Cameroonian merchant says “the goods are often delivered to Cameroonians only when the Chinese have first satisfied all orders from their brothers. Also there are Chinese wholesalers who sell wholesale items to Cameroon retailers and resell the same item in detail at a more affordable price. This is unfair competition. There is a multiplication of Chinese boutiques that are doing in detail. We are asphyxiated. The Chinese must stay in the wholesale market.

Both sides nearly fought last week. To officially express their anger, the Cameroonian sellers launched a petition. It already has a little more than 100 signatures. In addition to the aforementioned accusation, the Cameroonian vendors deplore the billing system when they buy from the Chinese. They are entitled, they say to invoices that do not have a letterhead. The said invoices do not have important information such as the taxpayer’s number, the commercial register, the address of the seller, still less the mention of the levy of the VAT. The furious Cameroonians point out that they still do not have a visa when they request it. “The Embassy often tells us that there are already Chinese people in Douala who sell these items that we want to import. Go and buy at home, “says another trader.

For the plaintiffs because of this Chinese way of doing business, they are experiencing huge economic losses.

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