Lalu Vaswani (FILE)
The Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI), in collaboration with the Customs and Excise Department (CED) will be hosting a series of virtual consultations this month on the draft Customs Bill 2019.
They will be held on Tuesday, August 11; Thursday, August 20; and Wednesday, August 26; via Zoom.
There will be an official opening ceremony next Tuesday, from 9 a.m. to 11:35 a.m., and the working sessions, where the draft Bill will be reviewed, will begin at 1:30 p.m.
A statement from Government said the objectives of the consultations are to highlight proposed changes in the draft Barbados Customs Bill and allow the business community to make comments.
Discussion will focus on Barbados’ obligations under the World Trade Organisation, the Trade Facilitation Agreement and CARICOM and how they translate into customs requirements as they relate to import and export processes.
Chairperson of the BCCI’s Customs and Trade Facilitation Committee, Lalu Vaswani; Comptroller of Customs, Owen Holder; and executive director of the BCCI, Misha Lobban-Clarke, underscored the importance of the three meetings, saying they were necessary to sensitise the business community about the legislation and any implications. (BGIS)