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Less penalty time, more storage costs for containers sitting @ BVIPA facilities

- adjustments made following Cabinet Decisions of Jan 15, 2020
February 13th, 2020 | Tags: BVIPA ports John M. Samuel business Containers penalty
Importers and owners of containers who utilise the services of the BVI Ports Authority (BVIPA) will soon find themselves paying more if containers are not cleared swiftly for the facilities managed under the Ports Authority. Photo: BVIPA
Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) reached out to Managing Director of the BVIPA, Mr John M. Samuel to get an explanation of the new fees and to understand the reasoning for the adjustments, however, he could not be reached. Photo: VINO/File
Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) reached out to Managing Director of the BVIPA, Mr John M. Samuel to get an explanation of the new fees and to understand the reasoning for the adjustments, however, he could not be reached. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Importers and owners of containers who utilise the services of the BVI Ports Authority (BVIPA) will soon find themselves paying more if containers are not cleared swiftly at the facility in Port Purcell.

The decisions were made at the January 15, 2020, cabinet meeting chaired by Governor of the Virgin Islands (VI) H.E. Augustus J.U. Jaspert held at Four Diamonds Park Villas, Setting Point Anegada, where all cabinet members were present.

According to statements, cabinet, "Approved the recommendations of the BVI Ports Authority (BVIPA) Board to (i) reduce the time in which containers can remain at the port, without penalty."

The BVIPA also moved to increase the storage charges for containers that remain at the port beyond the penalty-free period, as per the Board's resolution.

Amendments ordered   

In addition, it was noted that the decision be made as an amendment to the existing BVIPA Act of 1990.

Cabinet, "Decided that the Premier’s Office instruct the Attorney General’s Chambers to draft the amendments to the Regulations in accordance with the BVI Ports Authority Act, 1990 and the Virgin Islands Statutory Rates, Fees and Charges Act, 2005," statements noted.

However, it remains unclear what the new proposed fees are in comparison to the existing feeds under the act, and the reason for the adjustment recommendation from the BVIPA.

Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) reached out to Managing Director of the BVIPA, Mr John M. Samuel to get an explanation of the new fees and to understand the reasoning for the adjustments; however, he could not be reached at publication time.

A search on the BVIPA website returned a blank page under 'List of Fees.'

5 Responses to “Less penalty time, more storage costs for containers sitting @ BVIPA facilities”

  • school children (13/02/2020, 22:14) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    John is doing a great job following the Ports act but there is a coup against him and the chairman
  • Importer (13/02/2020, 22:33) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    Is there anyone at the Port Authority who understands shipping?
    You live in the USA, moving home and your container gets lost and shows up a week later but you have left the Island and now it sits at the port for a month. Do you what these fees are?
    Or the original BL is not at the agent and you have to get it from China in order for the Shipping company to release the goods. THINK
  • Not2Sure (14/02/2020, 00:27) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Good move but tell us cost
  • hot head (15/02/2020, 15:01) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    THEM SAY CUSTOMS IS THE DELAY TO MOST CONTAINERS AT PORT FOR CAPS DELAYING COST NOT COMING THRU ON TIME ,AT MOST TIME UP TO THE TIME LIMITED.
  • Ridiculous!! (19/02/2020, 14:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Reasons please!! How much more will you suck the the residents? Insurance has risen, cost of food has risen. Now when containers are held up because of customs delays, all those fees are passed onto the customers. Stop sucking your own!!!


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