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June 13th, 2018
Customs explore storing VI transactions in the ‘Cloud’—Commissioner Wade N. Smith

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Commissioner of Customs, Wade N. Smith, says the government agency has turned to computer developers IBM, to explore having its online and other transactions, facilitated on the ‘cloud,’ since the loss of connectivity during hurricanes Irma and Maria, had significantly hampered its operations.

November 17th, 2016
HM Customs allegedly detains vessel sailed from St Martin

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Information reaching our newsroom is that a vessel that sailed from St Martin has been detained by Her Majesty’s Customs for allegedly not having a cruise permit for Virgin Islands' waters.

August 23rd, 2016
Residents ‘tipping off’ suspected violators on VI waters- HM Customs

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – While Her Majesty’s Customs and other border protection agencies in the Virgin Islands are upping their efforts to crack down on illegal activities here, a number of residents, including locals, are believed to be bent on encouraging the opposite.

July 21st, 2016
5 vessels detained by HM Customs in 2 days

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- As the operation against charter companies and vessel operators violating Customs and Immigration laws continues, some five vessels were detained within two days this week.

July 6th, 2016
More pleasure boats seized by HM Customs

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Her Majesty’s Customs, under the leadership of Commissioner Wade Smith, has continued its crack-down on boats entering the Virgin Islands (VI) without clearing Customs or Immigration.

June 30th, 2016
HM Custom’s ‘feeling’ major cut in budget – Wade Smith

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Commissioner of Her Majesty’s Customs, Mr Wade Smith has admitted that his department is “feeling” the effects of a cut in its budget by Government but said its operations have not necessarily slowed down as a result.

June 23rd, 2016
Another 'big' charter‎ company fined by HM Customs

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - As Her Majesty's Customs intensifies its operation to clamp down on charter sailing companies breaching the laws that govern the industry, another prominent charter company has been fined for non-compliance.

June 21st, 2016
Charter company fined $95K for Customs & Immigration breaches- Wade Smith

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Resulting from a strategic operation executed jointly by Her Majesty’s Customs and the Department of Immigration, a charter company was fine $95,000, having been found defaulting as it related to its compliances for operating charters in the territory.

June 14th, 2016
Customs swoop down on Marina for audit

HODGE’S CREEK, Tortola, VI - Officials and ranks of Her Majesty’s Customs today June 14, 2016 swooped down on the Hodge’s Creek Marina and conducted checks and compliance audits of several charter and boating companies, as ongoing investigations continue.

May 26th, 2016
Power boat detained @ Police Marine Base

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- A power boat has been detained by law enforcement authorities, according to sources reaching Virgin Islands News Online.





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