Dates Announced for Christmas Barrel Programme

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Wednesday 28th November, 2018-The Antigua and Barbuda Customs & Excise Division is pleased to announce that all preparations are moving into place for the Government’s annual Christmas Barrel Initiative.

Comptroller of Customs Mr. Raju Boddu, in making the announcement, revealed that the highly anticipated incentive will take effect from December 1st, 2018 and will end on January 4th, 2019.

Residents are being encouraged to make their purchases for the Christmas season and beyond so they can take advantage of the major incentives that traditionally come with the programme.

Under the initiative, residents are allowed to pack items of food, clothing and toiletries in their barrels or E-containers. Only one barrel/E-container is allowed per family. Families will only have to pay the 10 percent Revenue Recovery Charge (RRC) on the value of the goods along with a $10 processing/handling fee. The Antigua and Barbuda Customs & Excise Division continues to make the process as simple and seamless as possible.

As was the case last year, barrel owners need only to get their documents to the Customs Tariff sections at the Deep Water Harbour or at the VC Bird International Airport. A Customs Officer will process the documents and a receipt will be issued by the cashier on duty upon payment. The receipt is to be taken to the relevant Barrel Release Points and upon examination barrels will be released to the beneficiaries.

The Comptroller of Customs explained there is no need to use a broker, another incentive that has helped to ensure optimum efficiency in executing the process.