The Saint Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority (SLASPA) has announced that as of Monday, January 7, 2019, imported vehicles will not exit the port without the necessary clearances.
“As of the effective date, imported vehicles will not exit the port without the necessary clearances from SLASPA and the Customs and Excise Department,” a release from SLASPA stated.
The Authority advised all vehicle importers to adhere to the process for the release of imported vehicles.
According to the release, importers or owners must present importation documents, pay the required duties, and provide proof of registration of vehicles- including stickers and license plates and proof of insurance.
SLASPA said this is in keeping with the Motor Vehicle and Road Traffic Act, Section 10.
The release quoted the section as saying that all vehicles and trailers must be registered before being permitted for use on the road.
The call for enforcement of these processes follows the prevailing challenge with vehicle owners who fail to comply with the correct procedures, SLASPA said.
“SLASPA encourages persons to adhere to this process to ensure seamless operations when transacting related business with SLASPA, ” Chief of Ports Police at SLASPA, Kennedy Francis said.