The Cabinet says it will immediately begin the importation of sand from Guyana, on a permanent basis, to satisfy the demand for building materials.
Since the importers are private industry firms, the charges which they will pay at the border will be the same as if the import were another export from any CARICOM state, according to Chief of Staff Lionel Max Hurst.
The Cabinet said that it will abide by its treaty obligations, but there cannot be any special treatment equal to those which would be afforded domestic sand production from Barbuda.
“Demand for all building materials are at an all-time high; cement, steel, sand, wood and other building supplies are in high demand because of the building boom that is taking place across Antigua and in Barbuda,” said Chief of Staff Lionel Max Hurst.
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