(PRESS RELEASE) — As part of the national response to contain the spread of the pervasive COVID-19 virus, the Saint Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority (SLASPA) has implemented an appointment system for the clearing of personal effects cargo at Port Castries in the first instance.
This appointment system will commence on Monday, November 2, 2020, and take effect on Wednesday, November 4, 2020.
Only persons with scheduled appointments will be accommodated at the port for business.
Concerns over the continued community spread of COVID-19 have caused the St. Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority, SLASPA to institute some new measures in clearing and collecting personal effects from Port Castries.
A similar system at Port Vieux-Fort will be implemented in the coming weeks.
The Assistant Comptroller at the Customs and Excise Department, Ava Deterville, is encouraging the public to pay attention to the new requirements and protocols.
Persons seeking to clear personal effects at Port Castries must make an appointment via WhatsApp text to 285-1091 or 285-1175 Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm.
Before heading to the port for the confirmed appointments, please ensure that you carry all documents that will be required by the Customs & Excise Department and SLASPA.
SLASPA says the new measures are being implemented with guidance from the health officials and in accordance with strict COVID-19 protocols.
Director of Sea Ports Adrian Hilaire has called for patience as these measures are to ensure the health of customers, and employees of SLASPA and Customs & Excise.
Again SLASPA has reiterated that from November 4th ONLY persons with appointments and proper documentation will be allowed into the ports for clearing or collecting goods.