The days of Barbadians clearing their barrels through the Bridgetown Port free of charge every year will soon be over.
Chief executive officer of Barbados Port Inc., David Jean-Marie, said the company could no longer continue absorbing the cost of processing, securing and warehousing the tens of thousands of barrels that come through that gateway.
He said a fee would be introduced early next year to people collecting barrels from the Bridgetown Port. Jean-Marie said while details of the fee structure had not yet been finalized, the rate would be reasonable.
“We are looking to implement a barrel handling fee. There is a lot of processing involved in terms of moving the barrels into Shed 2, sorting the barrels and the whole process of delivering the barrels; there is a significant cost to it,” he said.
With Christmas around the corner and the anticipated rush to collect barrels, the chief executive officer is telling Barbadians that things could get a little easier with regards to the collection of these items. Jean-Marie disclosed that the Port was considering initiatives to improve operations that would avoid the bottlnecks that usually occur.