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Minister explains reason for postal fee increase


The increase in price for the Advice of Arrival Postal fees is necessary so that the

Barbados Postal Service could recover costs incurred in processing non-document

goods.


That is according to Minister of Home Affairs, Edmund Hinkson, who has sought

to explain the reason behind the recent price increase, which went into effect on

Monday, January 20.

“The Advice of Arrival Postal fee had not been increased since 2011.... The cost

of processing the packages, which are received through the postal services from

overseas, for collection for persons residing in Barbados exceeds $1.50, and is

assessed at $10.00 per package.


“The Ministry of Home Affairs and the Barbados Postal Service deem this

increase necessary, in order to recover its reasonable costs incurred in processing these

non-document goods,” the Minister stated.


He added that the increase, which was approved by Cabinet, would also result in

a more self-sufficient, efficient and self-sustaining postal service, in a prevailing era and

economic environment whereby government departments are required to examine the

feasibility of charging market value for the services which they offer to the general public.


The Post Office (Miscellaneous Services) (Amendment) Regulations, 2019 were

laid in the Lower House on July 9, 2019 and in the Upper House on July 17, 2019.

(BGIS)

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