Her Majesty’s Customs has resumed cargo discharge and clearance at Port Purcell on Tortola.
A halt was placed on cargo discharge yesterday because safety standards at the facility were reportedly compromised.
Commissioner of Customs, Wade Smith said carriers were not complying with the port’s safety policies, which subsequently put the safety of port staff and customers at risk.
He said numerous attempts were made to ‘reestablish a safe environment’ since the halt.
“Ample notification was given to all stakeholders involved before the decision to cease discharge of cargo was taken. But, I am satisfied with the efforts made today to clear up a great portion of the area; hence we were able to resume discharge,” Smith said in a media release issued last evening.
While addressing members of the media last week, Premier Dr D Orlando Smith described the Port Purcell Cargo Dock as ‘an important element in our recovery efforts’.
“It is our main facility for the importation of goods to the territory,” Premier Smith said.