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Flex your purchasing muscles, says Samuda

Published:Saturday | June 2, 2012 | 12:00 AM

KARL SAMUDA is banking on the actions of Jamaican consumers to demonstrate to Trinidad and Tobago that they are fed up with the actions of that government in relation to trade relations between both countries.

"We, in Jamaica, as purchasers, and as people who are responsible for determining when and how much enter our ports, can take the appropriate actions to balance the scale," Samuda said.

The opposition spokesman on transport and works, who was speaking at a post-Budget press conference at the Jamaica Labour Party Belmont Road headquarters yesterday, said Trinidad depended on Jamaica as a market for its goods.

At the end of the last calendar year, Jamaica exported US$600 million less worth of goods to Trinidad than the twin-island republic exported here.

Samuda said it is time Trinidadians understand the power of Jamaican consumers should it continue to be unreceptive to Jamaica's request for the purchase of fuel.