SOURCE: PointeXpress – More than 11,000 barrels were processed by the Customs Division between April and December as families took advantage of a government relief programme because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
This comes from Comptroller of Customs, Raju Boddu, who reported on the success of a programme designed to help families in Antigua and Barbuda cope with the fallout from the pandemic.
Under the programme, families could import barrels of food and toiletries as well as anti-COVID items such as hand sanitizers and disinfectant spray and only pay a $10 processing fee to Customs at the port.
Boddu said the programme officially ended at the end of December although barrels that landed prior to that date will still be processed.
“It will be up to the Cabinet to determine whether to extend the programme any further,” he indicated in response to queries about the possible extension of the initiative.