Antigua: Duty free waiver on mosquito related items

Antigua Observer:-Comptroller of Customs Raju Boddu said residents on island have begun to take full advantage of a duty waiver in place for all mosquito related items imported into the country.

The Cabinet decision, which was made in January, took effect in March.

Duties and taxes waiver will apply to mosquito screens, coils, repellents, window gauze/window screens, ladders, bed nets and insecticides.

Baddu said businessowners and residents are currently able to import such items without hassle.

“There is no discrimination. Businesspeople and residents all across the board are able to import the items. Even at the Caricom level, this is high on the agenda. All the countries have implemented this regime,” Boddu said.

The duty-free waiver was one of several measures taken by the member states of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) in response to the Zika virus.

“From the emergence of the virus, immediately, Health Minister Molwyn Joseph took the initiative to put things in place,” Boddu said.

Antigua & Barbuda recorded its first case of Zika infection in May.

No more cases have been reported since.

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