Customs Extends Opening Hours In Key Departments

The Antigua and Barbuda Customs and Excise Division, in an effort to support the Government’s efforts to re-open the economy, has made further adjustments to the hours of work of key departments.

With immediate effect, the Head office will open from 8am until 2:30pm but the Cashier will close off at 2pm.

The very same hours of operation apply for the Tariff Section at the Deepwater Harbour, Heritage quay, Air cargo Shed and Air Cargo tariff.

All of these will run from 8am until 2:30pm with the cashiers closing off at 2pm.

A four hour shift system will remain at the baggage section at the VC Bird International airport until the airport reopens.

The shift system remains in place for Boarding at the English Harbour and Heritage Quay facilities, until further advised.  Boarding at Jolly Harbour is closed for now.

Even as the Covid-19 crisis stabilizes in Antigua and Barbuda and the sub-region, Comptroller of Customs Raju Boddu stressed it remains imperative that all protocols to protect officers and customers will be given strictest adherence.

Supervisors have already been advised to introduce a rotation system in offices where space is limited to ensure social distancing is practiced.

Officers are also being provided with face masks and any other Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) where necessary.

Those with underlying health issues can now return to work but management will accept a medical certificate if they wish to extend their leave.

“Let me take this opportunity to commend all the officers, especially those who reported to work at the height of the crisis, to keep our operations going. Your sterling and courageous efforts are indeed worthy of every bit of praise,” Boddu stated.

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