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October 5th, 2017
Vessel seized on way to Dominican Republic with electronic items

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- While the Customs Department and other law enforcement authorities are tight-lipped, it is our newsroom's understanding that a few weeks ago a barge leaving Tortola to the Dominican Republic (DR) with electronic items and other goods was siezed by Her Majesty's Customs.

March 15th, 2017
VI Gov’t was cruel to Delta Petroleum- Bevis A. Sylvester

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Speaking for the first time to local media in the Virgin Islands since the Privy Council of the United Kingdom ruled in their favour in the case against the Government of the Virgin Islands, Delta Petroleum (Caribbean) Ltd’s Regional General Manager Bevis A. Sylvester said he does not view it as a victory for his company but rather he is “sorry for the tax payers of the Territory.”

July 14th, 2015
‎Customs seizes Meridian Construction backhoe

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Customs today July 14, 2015 seized a backhoe machine from Meridian Construction and this news site got word that the machine might have been working on the Nanny Cay Project in violation of the terms of its importation into the territory.

September 2nd, 2014
'NDP Govt. reckless for disobeying Court!' - Bevis A. Sylvester

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - “I am saying that anyone, any being, any government body, any person who disobeys a Consent Order is reckless and I say it without refute because the court is the highest body when it relates to matters of the judiciary,” said Regional General Manager for Delta Petroleum Mr Bevis A. Sylvester as he blasted the Customs Department of the Government of the Virgin Islands which to-date has not honoured a Consent Order of the Supreme Court.

February 24th, 2014
Customs facing security challenges, revenue loss – Wade Smith

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – A lack of proper accommodation at Ports of Entry in the Virgin Islands (VI) has reportedly created major challenges for the Customs Department, according to the Standing Finance Committee (SFC) report.

September 10th, 2012
REPORT: Human smuggling, drug trafficking continue to plague Customs Department

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The Customs Department has reported a continuing pattern of importations of synthetic drugs, marijuana and cocaine in the territory to meet local demand.

May 31st, 2012
Merchants still not clear on new Customs duty calculation

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - In relation to the recently passed legislation that allows merchants to only be charged duties on goods from their purchase cost, officials from the Customs Department held a symposium in an effort to educate merchants in the Virgin Islands (VI) on how the duties are calculated and the new procedures required in having a successful transaction between merchants and Customs Officers.

May 25th, 2012
Customs appeal for compliance with new legislation

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The Customs department is appealing for compliance with their two recently passed legislation and has made it clear that those who breach compliance will be penalized.

November 3rd, 2011
Drama on high seas: duo allegedly threw $2.85M worth of cocaine overboard

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Lester DeCastro, self employed mechanic and Isaac Caena, who are facing cocaine related charges, allegedly threw packages of cocaine in the sea near Brewers Bay when they spotted law enforcement officers on November 1, 2011, Crown Counsel Valston Graham disclosed.



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