BCCI not in support of Customs ‘go slow’

Tracey Shuffler
Tracey Shuffler

President of the Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI), Tracey Shuffler, has expressed grave concern that the current Customs go-slow at the Bridgetown Port is having a severe impact on business in the country.

“Our members have been in contact with us over the last several days telling us of the effects on their businesses. Their inability to clear goods in a reasonable time for both sale and use in manufacturing processes is costing them additional demurrage charges as well as potential production down time,” Shuffler said in a press release.

“Businesses just cannot afford these impacts in an economy where growth is so elusive and consumers cannot continue to bear the burden of increased cost with shrunken disposable incomes or the discomfort of limited product choices.”

While acknowledging that the BCCI was aware of a number of challenges being faced by the Customs and Excise Department, she said that she hoped for a speedy resolution to those matters, so normal operations could return to Customs at the Port.

“During this impasse, we encourage favourable consideration to be given particularly to clearance of refrigerated containers and containers with inputs to production for manufacturers and exporters,” she noted.

Shuffler maintained that foreign exchange earning through export could not be compromised and the very nature of perishable imports had to be considered in quality of products available for sale in our markets.

“These are scenarios which concern the Chamber and its membership amid the current Customs go-slow at the Port,” she stated.

The BCCI has asked for an ease in additional costs related to this go slow, as “some of the costs which are accrued in these circumstances are not at all due to any negligence attributable to the businesses which import, but as a direct result from delays beyond their control”.

6 Responses to BCCI not in support of Customs ‘go slow’

  1. De Observer May 23, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    Customs is not on a “go-slow”! The department has facilitated the business community in Barbados for a long time and still get “licks” from the same business people. The Customs Department operates under and Act and regulations. Ms. Shuffler needs to get her facts correct!

  2. Heather Cole
    Heather Cole May 23, 2015 at 9:15 pm

    There are two sides of the coin. Do not only be gravely concerned about the worker being on go slow and not the government. Step in an offer a solution since your sector is being affected.

    • Frederick Alleyne
      Frederick Alleyne May 24, 2015 at 4:25 am

      Its amazing the BS statements these organizations come up with.

  3. Daryl Headley
    Daryl Headley May 23, 2015 at 10:21 pm

    You can’t expect to [mess] around wid peoples jobs and expect them to be productive

  4. Frederick Alleyne
    Frederick Alleyne May 24, 2015 at 4:32 am

    What kind of country will we have if only one sector is happy? Barbados needs a stable enabling environment where all sectors have a chance to thrive. Without that we will have much more of what we are having.

  5. dave May 24, 2015 at 9:07 am

    Gibberish from Tracy Shuffler and more crap from the Prime Minister too when he spoke at BMEX. Workers are under attack in this country. These people want a Shock and Awe event to bring them to their senses. Anyhow the Unions have sold out ever-since. Best thing to do is for members to resign en-masse and join a Union that will represent them fearlessly.


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