Concessions on Christmas Barrels to Start Earlier

Press Release:-On October 24th 2017 the Cabinet of Ministers approved the granting of concessions on barrels imported for the period 15th November 2017 to 31st January 2018.

The concessions and conditions include:

  • 100% Waiver of Import Duty on personal items, food, clothing, toys and other household consumables, contained in barrels imported between 15th November, 2017 and 31st January, 2018.  Electronic items are explicitly excluded;
  • The number of barrels that would qualify for the concessions would be limited to two (2) per household;
  • There is an upper limit of EC$2,500 per barrel on the value of items qualifying for the concessions.
  • The items contained in the barrels must be for personal use only and not for commercial use. Usual penalties and fines apply if the goods are used for commercial purposes.

Before a Motion to the House of Assembly on Tuesday October 31st 2017 for the waiver of Value Added Tax to facilitate the concessions, was approved, Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Economic Growth, Job Creation, External Affairs and the Public Service, Honourable Allen Chastanet, explained: “In keeping with the spirit of providing good cheer at Christmas time, tax exemptions for goods imported in barrels by families during a specified period is considered. This year we propose to commence the barrel concessions two weeks earlier than was done over the past four years, but a similar period as in 2012/13 and with the same duration of two-and-a-half-months. The earlier period was intended to facilitate the ease of clearance of the barrels to avoid as much as possible the hectic Christmas traffic at the ports.”


  1. Anonymous
    November 1, 2017 at 6:47 pm

    Ends earlier though

  2. Anonymous
    November 1, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    Thank you Prime Minister. I always look forward this special grant at this time. Continue the good work and may God bless the ministers and althoughs. Who are able to send to their families and friends.

  3. Anonymous
    November 1, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    Is that the first time or first year barrel concessions starts on Nov 15th? Please check the records before coming up with that sort of a headline.

    1. Anonymous
      November 2, 2017 at 8:29 am

      it last happened in 2012. read the article silly rabbit. St Lucians just don’t read a whole article.

      1. Anonymous
        November 3, 2017 at 7:55 pm

        Lol. Silly rabbit. Lucian’s don’t read at all. Majority that’s u they so backwards their thinking and all.

  4. Mel
    November 2, 2017 at 9:30 am

    Starts earlier and ends earlier too…so basically same time frame. Point?

    1. Anonymous
      November 3, 2017 at 7:54 pm

      One thing they just can’t please lucians like you en.

  5. Trump
    November 3, 2017 at 10:31 pm

    great job prime minister cant wait for next election

  6. honeybee
    November 6, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    It started early but will finish early ,i raider the old time way

  7. Anonymous
    November 9, 2017 at 9:58 am

    I shipping my barrel with Superior Shipping Services Ltd their have some good deals.

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