Revenue collections up 12 percent in 2022

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One of the country’s main revenue centres, the Customs and Excise Division, has reported that collected revenue in 2022 has almost returned to pre-pandemic levels with a 12 percent increase recorded when compared with 2021’s performance.

Comptroller of Customs, Raju Boddu, reported that for the year just ended, collections topped EC$382.09 million in comparison to 2021’s EC$ 338.62 million, an increase of EC$ 43.47 million or 12.84 percent.

He described 2022 as “a recovery year” and noted that the division has been able to “claw” its way back to near pre-COVID revenue levels, and this has been achieved in spite of the fact that oil revenues have dried up.

“The pre-COVID year yielded EC$ 389.55 million, which means that the gap was only EC$ 7.46 million, or 1.96 percent less than 2019,” Boddu explained.

The comptroller said his department performed commendably as it continued to facilitate trade with the business community and executed the Christmas Barrel Initiative. He praised his staff for their contribution to the successes recorded by the division.

“The year 2022 may have been long and challenging, but through resilience and collaborative course of action, we contributed directly to the success of not only the department, but the nation of Antigua and Barbuda,” he added.

Boddu also commended the department for the measures that have been implemented to modernise its operations.

“We have made significant steps in modernising and reforming, namely the looming update of ASYCUDA World 4.2.2, coupled with the relaunch of our website, various training opportunities afforded to different officers, which encapsulated the 2022 World Customs Organization theme “Scale up Customs Digital Transformation by Embracing a Data Culture and Building a Data Ecosystem,” he sai

SOURCE: Pointe Xpress

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14 COMMENTS

  1. REVENUES ARE UP CAUSE GASTON WICKED R— IS EXPLOITING INFLATION.

    Because food prices are higher, Govt gets more customs duties.

    Instead of lowering the duties, keeping revenue stable, and giving people a break at the stores, WICKED F—H— GRABSTON CLOWN is holding on to all the increased customs tax.

    We suffer. They collect more money.

    Yet the refuses to offer meaningful relief.

    RED DEAD!

    Vote UPP for lower customs duties and cheaper food!

    This bulls— has to end JANUARY 18 TH!

  2. AN INDEPENDENT DATA ANALYSIS AUDIT IS NEEDED. COMPARISON IN SEVERAL THINGS REQUIRED

    1. VOLUME OF IMPORTS RE:CIF VALUE…WAS THERE AN INCREASE OR DECREASE?

    2. VALUE OF CONCESSIONS, WAS THERE AN INCREASE OR DECREASE? GOVERNMENT HAD TO FORGO A LOT OF REVENUE TO FIGHT THE COVID 19 PANDEMIC

    3. DOES THIS FIGURE INCLUDES THE AMOUNT OF COMSUMPTION TAX COLLECTED ON FUEL PRODUCTS. THIS TAX ALTHOUGH ABOLISHED IN 2007 AND REPLACE BY THE ABST IS STILL LEVIED AGAINST THE POPULACE.

    LOOKING FORWARD TO A FULL AUDITED REPORT OF THE FIGURES COMING OUT OF THE CUSTOMS DEPARTMENT

  3. Wonderful news 🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩 the country is finding its way back after that dreadful pandemic. KUDOS TO GASTON BROWNE AND HIS LABOUR PARTY ADMINISTRATION 🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩

    • Smh: Wonderful news you say. Could you tell that to all those paying exorbitant prices for their daily staples at the Supermarkets in Antigua.Here is an example.I paid for something cost US$3,in Antigua that same thing sold for $45 EC.Why?

  4. “…this has been achieved in spite of the fact that oil revenues have dried up”

    👏 👏 👏 👏 🇦🇬 🇦🇬 🇦🇬 🇦🇬 🇦🇬

    • achieved by starving people with exorbitant food prices, so that ABLP can find money to pay their creditors as a result of their incompetence and mismanagement of the economy.

  5. Since we all know:-
    Accounting books can be doctored to reflect profit or loss.
    Persons can be paid off to say good or bad.
    And the NOT PM changes his mouth every 6 seconds just to suit his audience.

    We the common man dont care. Is not the first time we hearing about revenue increases and profits. And we the Common Man dont feel it. So do yourself a favor and stop making them USE YOU.

    • U BITTA BITTA. Kudos pan you a try cry down, BADMIND and BADMOUTH the very country you want to govetn by INCOMPETENT UPP!!!!

      • Is me you referring to as BITTA.?
        Cause aloes use, have many benefits.
        But since you want to pick my mouth..
        ASOT ALL THE WAY!!!

  6. So gi poor people wan break. Carry dung the gas price please. All this money collect and the place still so run dung?

  7. A&B roaring back, thanks to good drivers at the wheel. 8% gdp growth in 2022, highest in the region except for Guyana. Construction, Hotel sector booming. A&B will certainly vote to keep the GB admin at the wheel

    • Oh yessssss thank you GASTON BROWNE ADMINISTRATION 🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩🚩

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