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Consultants hired to improve cargo port operations

Residents should start seeing improvements in operations at the Port Purcell cargo facility soon.

This is because government hired consultants to improve how the facility runs.

While speaking at a conference with members of the media yesterday, Premier Dr D Orlando Smith said government received the consultation services last week.

“We actually had three consultants – specialists in port-organization, management and whatnot – meeting here with the Ministry of Communications and they have now developed alternative plans to include efficiency so that things could be moved much more quickly,” Dr Smith said.

The Premier did not specify when residents will start seeing improvements at the facility. He, however, said: “It should be happening any time now.”

Residents and business operators have been experiencing major challenges in clearing imports at the facility since the hurricanes and customers have had to wait weeks to get goods.

The Ministry of Communications and Works said recently that, based on investigations, most customers are to be blamed for clearance delays. The ministry said most customers have not produced the relevant paperwork to clear their goods.

On the other hand, the BVI Ports Authority had said delays were because of damage to the facility caused by the hurricanes.
Source: BVI News

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