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Concession on barrels imported at Christmas

By Office of the Prime Minister

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(PRESS RELEASE) – The Government of Saint Lucia has once again approved concessions with regard to the importation of barrels at Christmas. Concessions are from the period November 15, 2018 to January 31, 2019.

The concessions on barrels are in accordance with the following terms and conditions:

-100% waiver of import duty on personal items, food, clothing, toys and other household consumables, contained in barrels. Electronics are explicitly excluded.

-The number of barrels qualifying for concessions is 2 per household.

-The upper limit on the value per barrel is EC $2,500.00 per barrel on the items qualifying for concessions.

-Qualifying items must be for personal use and not commercial use.

-The usual penalties and fines apply if the goods are used for commercial purposes.

The House of Parliament on October 30th 2018 approved to allow for the exemption of Value Added Tax (VAT) on all qualifying items (food, clothing, toys, household consumables, personal items) imported within barrels during this period.

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  1. I never understood the rationale behind these concessions. Other countries are closing their borders, reducing foreign aid, subsidising their produce so our own farmers cannot make money and put up barriers for our products to enter their markets and yet we adopt policies to give them even more of our money.

    It's really true what they say, black people do not sponsor their own people, electing instead to give the money to the white man. Yep, buy your brand name clothing and US grocery items. This Christmas I'll be picking the plantain in my back yard and squeezing fruits from my cherry trees and guava trees. And the money I save not buying Massy's imported apples I'll buy local ham and other items from the farmer's market.

  2. I want to send a barrel to a family in St Lucia from the UK and would like to know if I have to put a list on the outside of barrel of the things inside.


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