AMCHAM laments delays in clearing “simple shipments”; wants gov’t intervention at ports

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    AMCHAM T&T is calling for urgent action to deal with what it deems are delays and overtime to clear simple shipments at the country’s ports.

    In a media release sent this afternoon the chamber pointed to issues with the migration to the ASYCUDA electronic clearance application, which aims to better detect contraband.

    It says no items could have been cleared at the ports from December 31st to January 4th due to the migration process and that the new system has been “down more than it has been functional.”

    Acknowledging that recent meetings with the Finance Minister have led to some meaningful gains, it believes the problems must be quickly rectified.

    AMCHAM is calling urgent leadership from government to reduce the backlogs and to facilitate efficient trade.