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Sunday, Oct 25, 2020

Double Taxation: Concern Expressed Over New Cargo Fees

Double Taxation: Concern Expressed Over New Cargo Fees

Importing items ordered online to the Territory has gotten even more expensive now that the government has enforced Double Taxation: new "fees" for items arriving via air/courier to the Territory to be paid from the money left after it was taxed anyway. Well-known courier company, Tortola Express/Aeropost alluded to the effects such fee may have on air cargo services.

New fees have been attached to items entering the Territory as of Sunday, September 1. These fees are provided for under the Airports (Fees and Charges) Order, 2019 that was gazetted on February 6.

It was noted that the new payment requirement was approved by Cabinet during the previous administration.

Tortola Express/Aeropost in an announcement on August 30, said that they have recently been notified that any package entering the Territory by air transport would be subject to charges payable to the BVI Airports Authority.

The company further told its customers that these fees would be included in its charges for items entering the Territory.

“We will be adding these fees to your package charges under the section for government fees,” the company noted.

Tortola Express also hinted at the effects such fees might have on air cargo service in the Territory and customer decision.

“We recognize this may have an impact on your choice of using an air service. We'd like to remind you that we do offer a maritime service in addition to our air solution,” the company added.

These are the new Cargo Transfer Fees:

Below 2 lbs ................................. $1.00

2 lbs - 9.9 lbs .............................. $2.00

10 lbs - 19.99 lbs ....................... $4.00

20 lbs - 49.99 lbs ....................... $6.00

50 lbs - 99.99 lbs ....................... $8.00

100 lbs - 199.99 lbs ................... $10.00

200 lbs - 500 lbs ........................ $15.00

Over 500 lbs ............................... $30.00

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