The Customs & Excise Department has announced the early closure of its services at several locations on Thursday, July 13, 2023, from 1:00 pm to facilitate a staff meeting.
The meeting follows Tuesday’s incident in which a customs officer was shot in Monchy, Gros Islet.
The officer was recuperating in the hospital.
According to a Customs Department notice, the early closure of its services would affect La Place Carenage Units, Shed 6, the General Post Office, the Ferry Terminal, West Indies Shipping and Marigot.
Rodney Bay Marina, West Tech Shipping, UPS, Shop Box, Soufriere and Vieux Fort would also be impacted.
The Customs Department has apologised for any inconvenience.
On Wednesday, Prime Minister Philip J. Pierre and Acting Police Commissioner Ronald Philip met with Customs & Excise employees to assure them of the government’s commitment to their safety.
Pierre condemned the shooting of the customs officer as did the Customs Department which called it unprovoked and cowardly.
In addition, the Department declared that any threat, harm, or attempt to harm any one of its officers in the line of duty would not be tolerated.
At the same time, the Saint Lucia Civil Service Association (CSA) denied that the Customs Officers were on strike on Wednesday.
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