(Article by CNS): 9 September 2020
Delays, missing packages, undelivered medicines and mounting complaints about poor service by courier companies since COVID-19 struck are largely due to a lack of resources and poor preparation for the crisis over the last few months, customs has said. But importers themselves need to give the right information to agents and couriers, given the growth in imports and the fact that Christmas is coming, a senior official told CNS.
Customs & Border Control received a record-breaking amount of imported goods during the month of June, topping out at 18,000 individual imports. This was 5,000 more than the previous month placing a great strain on CBC resources as well as couriers and consolidated agents. As a result CBC has deployed additional officers to manage the increase.
Customs & Border Control (CBC) was informed by the Public Health Department that a CBC Officer has test positive for COVID-19.
Customs & Border Control (CBC) is advising the public that the Extensions & Visa office on Elgin Avenue remains closed until further notice.
The Customs and Border Control Service (CBC) would like to inform businesses and individuals, who wish to clear and collect their cargo that arrived by air before or during the COVID-19 public health emergency, to please contact 244-4959 or email for an exemption letter to complete their transaction.
The Customs and Border Control Service (CBC) would like to inform the public that the fishing vessels that had cleared outbound prior to the imposition of the travel restrictions and curfew will be cleared inbound with the following stipulations :
The Cayman Islands Customs and Border Control Service (CBC) is kindly asking persons and businesses to refrain from importing non-essential goods via air during the period of the COVID-19 medical emergency, as these items are taking up valuable storage space for essential goods, such as food, water, medical supplies, and COVID-19 preventative items etc.
Customs & Border Control would like to clarify that from Friday, 20 to Sunday 22 March 2020, Caymanians, residents, essential personnel and persons with connections to the Cayman Islands arriving on flights from the United Kingdom will be permitted to enter the Cayman Islands subject to strict 14 day isolation protocols.
GRAND CAYMAN, Cayman Islands – The Chief Medical Office Dr. John Lee announced today that the preliminary results have now come back from the first tests for COVID-19 to be carried out here in the Cayman Islands.
The Cayman Islands is currently on enforced lock down until 5am March 28th. The Extensions & Visa Counters at CBC are CLOSED until further notice.
GRAND CAYMAN, Cayman Islands –The events of the last few days, with the confirmation of the first COVID 19 infected person, combined with his subsequent death and the impact on Health City Cayman Islands has understandably created much concern in our community
The announcement that we have COVID 19 in the Cayman Islands will be of great concern to everyone. However, this was not unexpected and the Government has been putting plans in place to minimize the impact. I support the Government’s sensible measures to restrict public gatherings, close schools and to introduce travel restrictions.
· The Ministry of Health and the Public Health Department work to protect Caymanians and residents from coronavirus (COVID-19)
· Residents with travel plans to any countries with significant transmission should avoid travel
To further strengthen Customs and Border Control’s (“CBC”) capacity and capability to adequately identify, investigate and detect cases of money laundering (ML) and terrorist financing (TF), The Customs and Border Control (Amendment) Law, 2019 (“the Law”) and the Customs and Border Control (Money Declarations and Disclosures) Regulations, 2019 came into force on 10 February 2020.
Local public health officials are advising on a new strain of coronavirus known as COVID-19. This comes against the back ground that the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) has issued an alert to its member countries on the Novel Coronavirus (nCoV). A novel coronavirus is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.
The Customs & Border Control Service (CBC) would like to announce that on the 1st December 2019 a 27 year old Caymanian female was arrested at the Owen Roberts International Airport on suspicion of importing cocaine on a flight from our Sister Islands. A 44 year old Caymanian male was subsequently arrested in connection with this case.
The Customs and Border Control (CBC) Service, with the help of its detection dogs, have seized more than $400,000 to date since operations were deployed.
The Customs and Border Control (CBC) has made the largest seizure of the ecstasy drug in the Cayman Islands to date.
The Caribbean is watching the Cayman Islands as they work towards becoming a world-class service in border control and protection.
The Director of the Cayman Islands Customs & Border Control Mr. Charles Clifford witnessed the signing of the newly established treaty to form the Caribbean Customs Organisation (CCO). The signing ceremony took place on 22nd May during the 41st Annual Caribbean Customs Law Enforcement Council (CCLEC) Conference in Havana, Cuba.
Sixty one Customs and Border Control (CBC) officers were trained to better track, tackle and deal with specific kinds of financial crimes that they could encounter at entry and exit points of the Cayman Islands. These include the possible transportation of cash or Bearer Negotiable Instruments (BNIs).
On Wednesday, 8 May 2019 Customs and Border Control (CBC) officers arrested two men as part of an ongoing drug investigation that arose when over four pounds of cocaine was interdicted at the Owen Roberts International Airport in November last year. The men were arrested for suspicion of conspiracy to importing cocaine.
The legislative changes central to the establishment of Workforce Opportunities Residency Cayman (WORC) and Customs and Border Control (CBC), will become effective next month.
A Customs Basic Training Course for 12 new Customs officers commenced on Monday 4th June 2018 following a recent recruitment drive.