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January 24th, 2018
UPDATE: HM Customs lifts cargo discharge embargo @ Port Purcell

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Commissioner of Customs Mr Wade N. Smith has lifted a temporary halt that was placed on cargo discharge at Port Purcell on Tortola, a story first and accurately reported by our newsroom.

June 15th, 2017
“Where is the money?”- Hon Fraser on customs duty collected @ TPP

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – During the House of Assembly held on Tuesday June 13, 2017, questions were posed to Dr The Honorable D. Orlando Smith (AL), Premier and Minister of Finance regarding the issue of money unaccounted for which was collected by Her majesty’s Customs at Tortola Pier Park (TPP) due to sales of duty free merchandise for local consumption to non-cruise ship passengers between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016.

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.

September 4th, 2016
More than 10 Puerto Ricans nabbed for alleged illegal entry

NORMAN ISLAND, VI – A joint operation between Her Majesty’s Customs and marine officers of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) resulted in some 10 persons held for allegedly entering the territory illegally last night, September 3, 2016.

September 1st, 2016
HM Customs makes ‘unpopular’ move to protect VI

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Her Majesty Customs of the Virgin Islands has taken a number of steps to minimise the potential entry of criminals, firearms and illegal substances into the territory.

August 25th, 2016
11 boats detained by Her Majesty's Customs

SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI – Her Majesty’s Customs (HMC) continues to clamp down on boaters violating the territory’s laws, including the Commercial Recreational Vessels Licensing Act and Cruising Permit Act.

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 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.





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