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August 4th, 2018
Gov’t extends Customs Duty exemption period

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The Government of the Virgin Islands (VI) has announced that the Customs Duty exemption period has been extended until August 31, 2018 and September 30, 2018, for two categories of importers.

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.

October 17th, 2016
Delta Petroleum wins Privy Council Appeal against VI Gov't

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal (Virgin Islands) has ruled in favour of Delta Petroleum in relation to the seizure by HM Customs of Delta’s fuel storage tank No 7 at Pockwood Pond, Tortola, together with its contents (some 248,000 US gallons) on September 20, 2012.

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.

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 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.

March 4th, 2016
HM Customs seizes vessel 'Thalia'

WICKHAM'S CAY II, Tortola, VI – Her Majesty's Customs has seized a yacht and is keeping it in custody at The Moorings in Wickham's Cay II, this news site can confirm.

January 14th, 2014
UPDATE: Delta not commenting after Appeal hearing victory

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Senior members of the management of Delta Petroleum (Caribbean) Limited very sternly said that they were not commenting on the decision of appeal judges Mario Michel, David Baptiste and Ola Mae Edwards yesterday January 13, 2014, despite having won the appeal.

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.



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