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Proposed $20 fee on barrels at the Port


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Proposed $20 fee on barrels at the Port

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THE PROPOSED $20 FEE to be imposed on barrels being collected from the Bridgetown Port should raise $1.2 million to support port operations.

Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism and International Transport Senator Irene Sandiford-Garner said a situation would no longer be allowed in which everyone else benefited from the barrel business except Barbados Port Inc. which had to do all the legwork, without compensation.

Dispelling a misconception held by people collecting barrels who thought their money was being collected by the port, Sandiford-Garner told the Senate yesterday: “The port is the entity doing the lion share of the work but never received one red cent.”

She said whereas the Customs department received a $10 processing fee, the broker received fees, the truck driver was paid, the Barbados Port Inc. “receives not one cent”. (GC)

Please read the full story in today’s Daily Nation, or in the eNATION edition.

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