As the shipping agency was facing problems to supply goods due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Federation of St Kitts and Nevis government has decided to extend its duty-free concession to January 31, 2022.
Prime Minister Timothy Harris had announced the facility in November.
While addressing the nation on new year eve, the Prine Minister announced this decision and said,” Due to blockage in Maimi, the supply chain gets halted, and goods did not arrive in St Kitts and Nevis on the given deadline December 31, 2021. So our citizens did not benefit from the US $200.00 concessionary allowance on their imports. Hence, to facilitate non-commercial entities importing goods, we have decided to extend allowances till January 31, 2022″.
The concession offers duty-free taxes on the gift packages of foodstuffs up to 400 pounds in weight and also granted a duty-free allowance for non-commercial imports of EC$540 or US$200 off the Cost, Insurance and Freight (CIF) value of goods.
The decision has been taken as the sudden spike in the Covid-19 pandemic worldwide halted the cargo ship and delayed the supply of goods.
Several citizens could not clear their imported packages during Christmas eve and Carnival at the federation and hence can’t take profit from the concession.
With this decision, the government wants to assist the business owners as they have faced significant problems to get their delivery of goods on time.
Federation of St Kitts and Nevis is battling with the fourth wave of COVID-19, and its surge is increasing day by day. Moreover, Prime Minister of Federation Timothy Harris also advised people to deal with COVID-19 smartly.
It is necessary to wear the mask and get vaccinated to curtail the COVID-19 infection, and government authorities continuously urge to stick with the protocols of COVID-19 and save themselves from the deadly virus.
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