Used car importer Bertram Jones is going to have a merry Christmas after all.
After six frustrating months trying to get Customs to resolve an issue that led to the detention of 47 vehicles at the Bridgetown Port, the director of Bargain Motors was finally able to begin clearing them on Tuesday.
Twenty eight were released over the past two days and he expects to transport the remaining 19 by next week.
But Jones, whose plight was highlighted in Barbados TODAY two weeks ago, is concerned that a similar problem will arise again. He explained that the issue which almost caused the closure of his business is still unresolved.
“The crux of this matter was that the Customs computer system was showing a shortfall in our payments when we were fully paid up,” he told Barbados TODAY.
“If this matter is not resolved, we could very well be facing a repeat of the situation in the future.”
However, he believes he has identified a way to prevent a recurrence.
“I have suggested to them how to solve this problem. This issue can be solved easily by using a certain customs officer who is fully trained in ASYCUDA [Automated System for Customs Data] computer management. This officer used to solve similar problems in the past. However, he was deployed elsewhere, where he is now checking bags.”
Jones, a doctoral candidate in management, leadership, and organizational systems, said he was grateful to Barbados TODAY, the Nation Publishing Company, and everyone else who contributed in any way to helping him clear the vehicles.