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Concession on Barrels Imported at Christmas
The Government of Saint Lucia has once again approved concessions with regard to the importation of barrels at Christmas. Concessions are from the period November 15, 2018 to January 31, 2019.
The concessions on barrels are in accordance with the following terms and conditions:
• 100% waiver of import duty on personal items, food, clothing, toys and other household consumables, contained in barrels. Electronics are explicitly excluded.
• The number of barrels qualifying for concessions is 2 per household.
• The upper limit on the value per barrel is EC $2,500.00 per barrel on the items qualifying for concessions.
• Qualifying items must be for personal use and not commercial use.
• The usual penalties and fines apply if the goods are used for commercial purposes.
The House of Parliament on October 30th 2018 approved to allow for the exemption of Value Added Tax (VAT) on all qualifying items (food, clothing, toys, household consumables, personal items) imported within barrels during this period.
Passenger baggage allowance and duties on items commonly imported.
Every year Government usually grants concessions on barrels at Christmas. This year the concession stipulates a 100% waiver of import duty on personal items, food, clothing, toys and other household consumables, contained in barrels imported between 15th November, 2018 and 31st January, 2019. There will also be a waiver of VAT during that period. Please note that the service charge of 6% will still be applied.
Electronic items are explicitly excluded.
Only two barrels are allowed per household and are strictly for personal use and not for commercial use.
If goods are used for commercial purposes a fine will be imposed.
Customs would like to urge members of the public that when clearing your barrels you should have a form ID, plus have your entire required documents which include a bill of lading, which is your document of title and invoices or receipts.
After receiving your documents from the shipping company, proceed to the wharf. You will be issued with a pass by SLAPA to enter the wharf.
At the shed you will be interviewed by a Customs official with respect to your barrels. Your barrels will then be examined after which you will pay the applicable duties.
After duties are paid a gate pass will be issued and you can take your barrels home.
Customs & Excise Saint Lucia updated their business hours.
The St. Lucia Customs & Excise Dept. is having an Auction Sale at the General Post Office on Saturday the 21/7 2018 @10:15 am. See auction list below:
USED POPCORN MACHINE
FISHING SUPPLIES(HOOKS, LINES ETC)
SILVER SOLDERING ROD
EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE
RALPH LAUREN POLO SHIRTS
STEEL TOE SHOES
SOLAR CHARGER CONTROL (ELECTRIC)
GATE PART(TRANSMITTER BOARD)
WELDING SUPPLIES(WIRE, MACHINE ETC)
HIGH INTENSITY BLUB
UNIVERSAL PORTABLE CHARGES
USED WOMEN CLOTHING
PLASTIC BOTTLES COVERS
TOOL(ELECTRICIAN TOOL SET)
USED XBOX 360
WIRE TRACKER RECEIVER(TESTER)
ASSTD CHILDREN CLOTHING
1.1 Trade Facilitation
Fully supported, including the WCO FAST recommendations (Free And Secure Trade)
Increased services for trade community, e.g. Internet access, simpler procedures and documentation etc.
1.2 Law enforcement
Increased customs control capabilities (e.g. risk- assessment, on-line access to external databases, images control…
Full range of modern enforcement capabilities added to the existing ASYCUDA++ risk-assessment and selectivity functions.
1.3 Revenue and Statistics
Accounting and statistical capabilities are increased. Development of Post-clearance audit capabilities.
Increased capabilities for accounting, post-clearance audit, statistics and information management. Easier aggregation of data at regional and international levels. Better and faster economic decision-making.
1.4 Standardization and Normalization
ISO, UN, WCO and WTO standards based. Database designed in Compliance with the WCO Customs Data Model.
Implement the standards defined by ISO, UN, WCO and WTO (including the WCO Customs Data Model).
Automation of clearance operations for all the customs procedures. Cash management and Customs accounting
Automated handling of all the steps of the clearance process for all types of Customs procedures and regimes (cargo control transit monitoring...) as well as accounting.
Full support of e-government and capability to inter-operate on-line with external/governmental systems and databases.
The system insures the complete coverage of the clearance process and includes the built-in capability to support national specific requirements and/or frequent regulation changes. It is able to cope with different organizational structures, thus generating financial economies of scale.
2.2 Risk Management
Full risk-assessment and selectivity capability. New functions such as the integration of images or the use of barcodes are available, as well as the on line access to external databases.
Risk-assessment and selectivity capabilities are supported by additional features, in line with the WCO FAST (Free and Secure Trade) and Container Control initiatives.
Valuation expert system compliant with GATT - Article 7. Includes an electronic customs value declaration.
Valuation expert system reduces the loss of revenue during the introduction of Article 7. General customs incomes increase (easier detection of under valuations)
2.4 Workflow management
Fully automated. Use of Electronic Documents and management of the Document Processing Path workflow
Hides the complexity of the development of government-class application Allows building major IT projects with limited human resources Limit potential risks
2.5 Business logic
100% external to logic (included in the e-documents definition) Business rules oriented
Changes & updates of the system are done without programming Full flexibility
2.6 Non-intrusive Inspection System
Electronic Goods Image Signature (EGIS) management
Bridging the gap between goods and supporting documents. Facilitate goods identification, inspection and tracking. Facilitate and reinforce ex-post processes.
For more information please contact Customs and Excise Department Tel:4684800
Participants at the first national workshop on 'Trade in environmentally sensitive commodies" held in St. Lucia. The participants paid keen attention during one of the training sessions which was held in 2013.
Policy meeting chaired by the International Union of Conservation of Nature Project Coordinator and Legal Consultant, Mrs. Melesha Gunning- Banhan and Ms. Fernanda Jimenez was held at the Coco Palm Resorts. The aim of the meet was to review and establish an overarching policy and legislation on the Nagoya Protocol on Access Benefit Sharing (ABS), based on views and input of key stakeholders.
This meeting encompassed a full review of the Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Use Bill as a medium for incorporating ABS issues into the National Legislation.
Feedback was collected to inform the development of regulations for the ABS. Some of the organisations and representatives present were Departments of Sustainable Development and Environment Division, Forestry Division, Ministry of Agriculture- Information Unit, Energy Division Folk Research Centre, Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States Commission, Department of External Affairs, Saint Lucia National Trust, Tramil Capsicum, Royal Saint Lucia Police Force-Marine Unit, Customs & Excise Department .
Workshop on trade in environmentally sensitive commodities ends
In an effort to enhance knowledge about international laws on environmentally sensitive commodities in Grenada, the CARICOM Secretariat hosted a workshop for Customs Officers and Border Control Officials on November 11-13, 2014.
The main objective was to enhance Grenada’s capacity to implement multilateral environmental agreements, and to improve its management environment and natural resources.
Speaking at an opening ceremony for the workshop, Dr. Thérèse Yarde Project Coordinator, Caribbean Hub Capacity Building ACP-MEAs, CARICOM Secretariat, thanked funding partners the European Union and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) for enabling the expansion and reach of CARICOM Customs related activities.
She said that the principal concern for Customs Officers and other regulators in the Caribbean was controlling the entry of dangerous or potentially dangerous goods from other parts of the world.
UNEP Programme Officer Mr. Mamadou Kane said it was a long standing partnership with CARICOM, the EU and UNEP. He said his organization looked forward to the fruitful outcome of the meeting and the enhancement of the capacity of Grenadian customs officials to support the implementation of Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs).
A Regional Customs Workshop under the project was held at the World Customs Organization Regional Training Centre in the Dominican Republic, in July 2012. Coming out of that workshop it was recommended that training sessions be held at the national level to widen its reach and impact. This workshop in Grenada was the second in a series of national workshops to be hosted on this issue. The first one was hosted in Saint Lucia in April 2013.
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