‘Big’ cargo ease

BRIDGETOWN PORT and the Customs and Excise Department are implementing a series of measures they are confident will, by weekend, result in a “significant improvement”in the flow of cargo.

As the business community voiced frustration about delays and goods being stuck in the port with the transition from the ASYCUDA ++ system to ASYCUDA World, Minister in the Ministry of Finance Ryan Straughn said “generally speaking”, ASYCUDA World “is working”.

He stressed a major part of the problem was that some “private people” were either entering information into the system incorrectly or the data was deficient.

The steps being taken to ease the backlog of imports and exports were announced during a press conference at Barbados Port Inc. (BPI) yesterday.

They include the establishment a special Customs Department call centre (535-8233), which will be available from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily up to September 26.

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