Vendors goods to be cleared

Vendors goods to be cleared
06 Mar

Protest action at the Grantley Adams International Airport has been averted.

It surrounded concerns raised by some vendors, over the delay in getting their goods out of customs.

But after an intervention by Small Business Minister Donville Inniss and the acting comptroller of customs, those goods will be in their hands very soon.

There has been a favourable outcome to the days’ long impasse between some vendors and customs at the GAIA.

Since last Thursday around twenty vendors had been trying to have their goods cleared through customs, many anticipating having these goods to meet increased demand over the Gold Cup weekend, but they were told the documentation they had was insufficient for the release of the goods, although the same documents had been used for them to pay duties.

However, following an hour and a half long meeting with Small Business Minister, Donville Inniss and acting comptroller of customs Annette Weekes, the vendors emerged mostly satisfied with the outcome.

Mr. Inniss gave the assurance it was not a case of rules suddenly being changed without notice to the vendors.

He says in no way was customs out to disadvantage small business people, and the vendors should be able to receive their goods within 24 hours.

Mr. Inniss reminded brokers of their duty to ensure all documentation required by customs was in order to prevent similar occurrences.

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