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Fees to get barrels at Port coming soon

The days of Barbadians clearing their barrels through the Bridgetown Port free of charge every year will soon be over.

Chief executive officer of Barbados Port Inc., David Jean-Marie, said the company could no longer continue absorbing the cost of processing, securing and warehousing the tens of thousands of barrels that come through that gateway.

He said a fee would be introduced early next year to people collecting barrels from the Bridgetown Port. Jean-Marie said while details of the fee structure had not yet been finalized, the rate would be reasonable.

We are looking to implement a barrel handling fee. There is a lot of processing involved in terms of moving the barrels into Shed 2, sorting the barrels and the whole process of delivering the barrels; there is a significant cost to it,” he said.

With Christmas around the corner and the anticipated rush to collect barrels, the chief executive officer is telling Barbadians that things could get a little easier with regards to the collection of these items. Jean-Marie disclosed that the Port was considering initiatives to improve operations that would avoid the bottlnecks that usually occur.

21 Responses to Fees to get barrels at Port coming soon

  1. Browne-love Jan
    Browne-love Jan November 19, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    What next…?!…this is outrageous!

  2. Queenie ShaSha
    Queenie ShaSha November 19, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    this ridiculous they already charge u for the contents and some ppl actually payoff witht he someof their stuff….barbados= extortion

  3. Treasaigh BruStar
    Treasaigh BruStar November 19, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    ok clearly i missed something cause for all the years ive been going to the port collecting barrels its has not been free…. so i musse missed the other part of this story… clearly

  4. Ainsley Warthug Crawford
    Ainsley Warthug Crawford November 19, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    What next ??

  5. Raven Phoenix
    Raven Phoenix November 19, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    I don’t understand why ppl have to pay a “clearance” fee when that is included in the shipping costs that the people sending the barrels have to pay. Stop lying to ppl call it what it is. “we want more money”

  6. George Greaves
    George Greaves November 19, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    This stinks.

  7. Gail BajanQueen Mc
    Gail BajanQueen Mc November 19, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    can they give a breakdown of what they have been charging for all dese years? caws i swear dem got an All-knowing magic book with evating in the world listed in it. smh

  8. Queenie ShaSha
    Queenie ShaSha November 19, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    i am so serious…as achild my granny had to take alll of us grandhkids to get our school shoes and stuff cuz they wudnt believe that they were for us …and that the late 1990s…and they charge u already so what more they want

  9. Travis Blackman
    Travis Blackman November 19, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    Happy Independence! lol

  10. Eleanor Caesar
    Eleanor Caesar November 19, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    i don’t recall it ever being free, what part of Barbados is this port?!?!?!?

  11. Anelda Butcher
    Anelda Butcher November 19, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    Never knew it was free.

  12. Sandra Corbin
    Sandra Corbin November 19, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    Tsk Tsk we have been paying for years ,soon the barrels will stop and a lot of ppl ain’t gonna have any thing to eat because so much ppl depend on their families abroad to send that barrel or barrels for them .Any how the way thing going they ain’t gonna have money to pay for the barrel cause they wont have no jobs

  13. Kimmii GoddessoftheHunt Cyri
    Kimmii GoddessoftheHunt Cyri November 19, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    The existing fees we usually pay laparkan when u go for your documents, when we questioned them about those fees we were told it is a processing fee from the port authority now I am wondering how much more fees they intend to apply. Or is this all in fact a way to hinder Bajans from saving their monies to go overseas to stock up on what they otherwise cannot afford to buy here?

    • Kimmii GoddessoftheHunt Cyri
      Kimmii GoddessoftheHunt Cyri November 19, 2013 at 4:54 pm

      I can speak for myself and my family how we get it done u should also ask the countless others who do it how they SAVE and get it done.

  14. Kimmii GoddessoftheHunt Cyri
    Kimmii GoddessoftheHunt Cyri November 19, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    So in actuality you will be paying a processing fee, the usual customs duties and then a clearance fee…. Why?

  15. J.C. P.
    J.C. P. November 19, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    WAit that looks like my photo.

  16. Cheryl Maynard
    Cheryl Maynard November 19, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    This is a bunch of bull sh*t. Nothing is free in Bim except air and the way things are going that too you will soon have to pay for. The port is going to make persons who has someone to send them food get none or less than what they are getting now. Let me break down the work, time and money that is spent to send a barrel to anywhere. You have to check the super markets circular to see who has what on sale, then you have to buy your food that you are going to eat and some for the barrel ( that is money you are taking away from your own food bill) after doing this until you have enough to fill a barrel you have to buy the barrel and then either get a shopping cart, a car, or get a cab to get the barrel home. Then after getting it home then you have to pack the barrel with all the food that has been lying all around your house/apt, then you have to get someone who can get into the barrel to put the things in for you because you can’t reach (lol) in the mean time you put tape/plastic/paper or what ever else so that nothing break/spill. After all that you have to call the shippers to get a time when they can come and get the barrel and make sure that you have the shipping fee( hope that someone can be at home cause you have to go to work). You may have to pay for door to door service cause may be there is no one to go to the port to get the barrel or no one has the money to pay to get it deliver. You pay the company here and you pay the company in the island that the barrel is going to. And you mean to tell me that the port want you to pay more money. More business are going to close down and the port will not get work and they will have to lay persons off because the barrels are not going to come like before. GOOD LUCK WITH THIS ONE. I hope they know what they are doing. Just my two cents (smh)

  17. Jeania Nicholas
    Jeania Nicholas November 19, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    …we bajans gotta be real dumpsie not to see where this goin…OPPRESSION

  18. Tarisha Carter
    Tarisha Carter November 19, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    Great while we suffer and family members outside try to help you guys find yet another way to keep food out of people mouth

  19. Kim Austin
    Kim Austin November 19, 2013 at 7:06 pm


  20. Jackie Alleyne July 2, 2014 at 9:00 am

    There is a charge for the paperwork that is generated when a barrel comes through. The cost of the barrel itself to the consumer, the cost of contents and now a cost for handling the barrel…. This is a REAL joke.


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