Minister: Increase in postal fees necessary
The increase in price for the Advice of Arrival Postal fees is necessary so that the Barbados Postal Service (BPS) could recover costs incurred in processing non-document goods.
That is according to Minister of Home Affairs, Edmund Hinkson, who has sought to explain the reason behind the recent price increase, which went into effect on Monday, January 20.
“The Advice of Arrival Postal fee had not been increased since 2011…. The cost of processing the packages, which are received through the postal services from overseas, for collection for persons residing in Barbados exceeds $1.50, and is assessed at $10.00 per package.
“The Ministry of Home Affairs and the Barbados Postal Service deem this increase necessary, in order to recover its reasonable costs incurred in processing these non-document goods,” the Minister stated.
He added that the increase, which was approved by Cabinet, would also result in a more self-sufficient, efficient and self-sustaining postal service, in a prevailing era and economic environment whereby government departments are required to examine the feasibility of charging market value for the services which they offer to the general public.
The Post Office (Miscellaneous Services) (Amendment) Regulations, 2019 were laid in the Lower House on July 9, 2019, and in the Upper House on July 17, 2019.