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Importer wants duties on fresh produce lowered

Importer wants duties on fresh produce lowered
10 Apr

Barbadians are being encouraged to eat healthier by incorporating more fruits and vegetables into their diets.

But at least one of the suppliers of such produce is calling for a reduction in duties to make them more affordable.

For the past fourteen years, Global Produce Corporation has been providing fresh fruits and vegetables to Barbadians.

And that's just a sample of what they sell, according to owner Stanton French. He says they supply hotels, restaurants and the average consumer from their Malls Alley Roebuck Street location in the City.

But Mr. French says the import duties on certain fruits for example which cannot be grown here are simply too high and this is something which must be relooked.

Just last week Commerce Minister Donville Inniss issued a warning to local importers, advising them to keep their standards high.

Mr. French says they only deal with reputable suppliers in Miami and to ensure freshness, produce is ordered every week.

Supervisor Arlene Tull says they cater to every budget.

Global Produce has a total of 25 employees the majority of whom have been with the business from the time it welcomed its first customers.

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