Custodians of cargo outsourced from Customs and Excise Department
The Dominica Air and Sea Ports Authority (DASPA) has improved its air freight cargo services, paving the way for quicker delivery of air and sea cargo coming into the island.
Chief Executive Officer of DASPA Mr Benoit Bardouille said that effective July 20th, importers receiving small packages or cargo through Fedex, Liat, Amerijet, DHL or Aeropost can now do so without using the sea port entry at the Woodbridge Bay.
A new shed has been erected near the coast guard entrance, giving customers easy access to the delivery shed with information specialists on site to answer their queries or concerns.
“So what we have really done is that we have put in a new shed with just about 3,000 square feet of space which provides more than adequate space for the type of cargo that we receive by air. DASPA, in undertaking that role will provide an opportunity for persons clearing cargo received by air to avoid coming through the sea port. Persons wishing to clear cargo now go to the northern section of the port near the coast guard, there is an entrance in that area and there is also available parking so you don’t have to go to the other side of the port to do that operation,” said Bardouille.
Mr Bardouille said that this move is in an effort to speed up the delivery process for small package and cargo importers.
While the new tail gate fee remains the same, delivery fees under this new regime will now be 33 percent cheaper.
“The transportation charge in the past was $45 for anything above 100 pounds and anything below 100 pounds there was a charge of $45. What we have done is anything below 100 pounds there is a charge of $30 and we will now charge 30 cents per pound for anything above 100 pounds, which means that we have reduced the charge by 33 percent. We’ve made it lower in terms of that cost. In the past people had to drive at Canefield and had the inconvenience when there was an aircraft on the ground, they had to wait a considerable length of time until customs had cleared the aircraft. Now you don’t have to do that. Once the cargo gets into Canefield, it is transferred same day to that transit shed and people can receive their cargo the same day. When cargo arrive at Melville Hall, depending on the time of the flight, people can either get the cargo the same day or by 10:30 to 11:00 the next day, the cargo will be available to them, explained Bardouille.
Mr Bardouille also outlined the transportation fees for importers receiving packages and cargo coming from the Melville Hall and Canefield airports.
“If you have 1 to 3 packages you will pay a transportation fee from Canefield to Woodbridge bay of $2.50. If you have 4 to 5 packages, you will pay $5.00 and if you have 6 or more packages you will pay $7.50. For those persons getting small packages out of Melville Hall they will pay $5.00 for 1 to 3 packages, $10.00 for 4 to 5 packages and $15.00 for 6 or more packages. In relation to other cargo from 1 to 100 pounds will be $15.00 and 30 cents per pound from Melville Hall and from Canefield you will pay $5.00 and 12 cents per pound. So from this system persons are going to have a cheaper, better service and we will seek to improve that service constantly,” said Bardouille.