Old Airport Terminal To Be Used As Online Shopping Warehouse


The government says it has decided how to use part of the space of the old Airport Terminal Building at VC Bird.

During its meeting yesterday, Cabinet examined the phenomenon of online shopping and the impact which it is having primarily upon Customs Duties and other import taxes.

“It was determined that the old airport terminal will be turned into a bonded warehouse of sorts and that all online purchases from abroad enter through this facility,” notes from Cabinet said.

“Duties and other taxes which importers are required to pay will be exacted,” the Cabinet concluded.

The government believes that as more and more goods are purchased on-line, the revenues which the Customs and Excise Division collect are beginning to decline.

All imported goods entering Antigua and Barbuda attract tariffs that are pre-determined by published law.

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  1. I guess the assumption here is made that all goods purchase online are coming in via air and not sea freight. because how would you now bring all the sea freight stuff here to the airport.
    This doesn’t seem like a good idea to me.
    I say get LIAT and all regional flight out of the new airport. And let the Old Airport be known as LIAT Terminal. They can than also place all their offices at the old airport and stop renting expensive offices at Hadeed place. When you go to the USA American Airline has their own terminal. LIAT is our very own let them have the old Airport as their terminal and it would be much better for custom and immigration to focus on International Flights. Guys please look at this suggestion. It makes lots of sense Mr. PM. You’l l be cutting cost for LIAT and demonstrating that Antigua is the LIAT Head Quarter for sure.

    • Great but, as you know hand was hand and there is another 101 reason will be find why it cant happen.

  2. @ FTSL
    Great idea. Do not see why they cannot do both though and how do you factor in security and other duplication of efforts re: immigration, customs and ABAA for example.

  3. Sideline you couldn’t say it no better I totally agree with you. From the inset I think that old terminal should have remained open for small craft as terminal A.

  4. Govt need to explain this more too me. How is my online order not charged duties. Where is it passing to enter the country.? Isn’t customs at the new airport suppose to be better that at the old terminal?

    Gaston. I pray that u one day see how liat is slowly dying from the cancer called shareholders and airport taxes. Good blessings to all

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