Tuesday 7 July, 2020

VIDEO: Shipment clearance delays not a Port issue

Minister Kirk Humphrey (right) in conversation with Chairman of the Barbados Port Inc. Senator Lisa Cummins and Kenneth Atherley, Divisional Manager.

Minister Kirk Humphrey (right) in conversation with Chairman of the Barbados Port Inc. Senator Lisa Cummins and Kenneth Atherley, Divisional Manager.

The delays being experienced in clearing containers from the Barbados Port are not due to any incompetence on the part of Port officials or due to the recently implemented ASYCUDA World system. 

Minister Kirk Humphrey spoke to reporters on the sidelines of a mentorship program launched at the Bridgetown Port, where he noted the Ministry and the Port staff have been working closely with the private sector to have the delays resolved. 

 

Chairman of the Barbados Port Inc. Senator Cummins said Port officials continue to work with importers to expedite the clearance process.  

"We in the Port are sometimes in possession of our 400 containers some of which still have entries to be put into the system... to have them available for processing. We have individuals who have had containers in the Port for over 100 days, we have been urging persons to contact their brokers because there has been a transition in their own internal systems that has not allowed them to track the containers available for clearance.

We have been calling all the major importers to tell them to collect their containers from the Port because it benefits no one to have containers staying in the Port everyday." 

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