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Phillips to address motor vehicle import waiver concerns in Parliament

Published:Tuesday | January 19, 2016 | 9:25 AM
Finance and Planning Minister, Dr Peter Phillips.

Finance and Planning Minister, Dr Peter Phillips, is expected to tell Parliament this afternoon whether any waivers were granted to motor vehicle importers during the six-month period leading up to October last year. 

The question on waivers was among several tabled in the House of Representatives last October by Opposition Spokesman on Industry, Karl Samuda. 

An advisory from the Houses of Parliament said Dr Phillips will be answering the questions today. 

Samuda questioned whether the Finance Minister was aware of any waiver on fines from the importation of motor vehicles which landed in Jamaica before the importer obtained a required import licence from the Trade Board. 

He said if Dr Phillips was aware, he should indicate the value of the waivers and the reason they were approved. 

Last November, Samuda charged that three shipments of cars had been imported into Jamaica without import licences, and were being stored on the wharf.

He noted then that importers who bring in goods without such permits should be fined three times the value of the goods.