This has been confirmed by the acting Comptroller of Customs, Georid Belle who indicated that this will apply to the importation of food into St. Kitts and Nevis during the month of December, 2013. These he explained will be free of the payment of customs duties and taxes.
The move, which is not new, is seen as a temporary measure by government to help ease the very tight financial squeeze currently being experienced by many Kittitians and Nevisians.
Belle disclosed that the Cabinet has approved that with effect from December 10th, gift packages of “food stuff” are allowed the first 400 pounds free of Duties and Taxes brought in by non-commercial importers and travelers.
This he said is equivalent to four (4) jumbo barrels.
He said a duty free allowance of EC$540 or US$200 off of the CIF value of other items.
As a consequence, many citizens have already started to prepare for overseas trips to nearby islands such as St. Maarten and Puerto Rico, to complete their shopping in time for the holidays.
St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister and Minister of Finance implemented the annual exercise in an effort to ease the burden that some of shoppers would experience in travelling overseas to shop or those who would be receiving food stuff, etc., from their families and friends abroad during the Christmas/Carnival season, added a release from government.