Bajan brand under threat, warns McKay

Executive Director of the Barbados Manufacturers Association (BMA) Bobbi McKay is promising to weed out a “renegade practice” which she says is re-emerging in the manufacturing sector.

Addressing the official launch of the Barbados Manufacturers’ Exhibition (BMEX) at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre last night, McKay said she had received a long WhatsApp message from a local manafacturer about four days ago, informing her that one of his competitors was importing products duty free and changing the labels on them to say “Made in Barbados”.

BMA Executive Director Bobbi McKay.
BMA Executive Director Bobbi McKay.

The BMA executive did not name either companies, but said she had already apprised Minister of Industry and Commerce Donville Inniss of the development.

We are going to find a way to police it and we will find a way to stomp that out,” she vowed, explaining that “beyond the integrity issues that this raises, it presents other challenges and makes the playing field very uneven.

Our authentic Barbadian manufacturers are then forced to compete with this and we all know that this is a major disadvantage. These are some of the things we face every single day that we will continue to push on and eradicate such injustices and practices as they arise,” she added.

Back in 2014, Managing Director of River Bay Trading Ian Pickup had raised similar concerns about illegal imports, false labeling and false invoicing. He had also complained about cheap imports that were flooding the market.

At the time, Inniss had promised a thorough investigation into the matter. And in 2015, he gave the assurance that all complaints that were made were investigated.


3 Responses to Bajan brand under threat, warns McKay

  1. Gavin Dawson
    Gavin Dawson May 14, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    This has to be checked for the sake of the manufactures of Barbados, this will be a never ending threat, as you close one back door another is opened,can this be won ???????

  2. Cheryl Alleyne-Brooks
    Cheryl Alleyne-Brooks May 15, 2016 at 6:52 am

    See this nonsense ,this cannot be tolerated ,need swift action but as Mr Gavin Dawson said, u close one door another one is open .I said name them and embarrassed them

  3. Ras Small
    Ras Small May 15, 2016 at 9:08 am

    If it is an reemerging trend, do what you did then! Or maybe what was done then wasn’t effective. Ah know better but gud luck on policing new old threat.


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