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an amendment to the Customs legislation
to make the country compliant with
Minister of Finance, Winston Jordan
that the Customs
(Amendment of Schedules)
Bill is intended to
amend the Schedules to
the Customs Act.
The government said
that the Harmonized System is a universal
language for customs and trade
organizations globally and by using such
a system, no two products would have
the same six-digit codes and would eliminate
confusion where multiple product
versions and products fall into one classification.
“With Guyana upgrading to the current
system, we open the window for the
trade products that would have come
into the system since the expiration
of the previous schedule, which would
have ended since 2012,” Jordan told the
National Assembly, which is being boycotted
by opposition legislators who are
demanding fresh regional and general
The finance minister said that the
system is upgraded every five years, as a
means to reflect the constant changes in
trade patterns, technology, environmental
issues, clarification of texts and simplification
to reinforce the multipurpose
nature of the system.
The Harmonized Commodity Description
and Coding System, otherwise
known as the Harmonized System or
HS, is an international multipurpose
nomenclature for the classification of
Fines up to TT$1 million plus life
imprisonment are among the penalties
in a new bill to curb gun crimes, the
Firearms (Amendment) Bill 2019, which
was laid in the Trinidad and Tobago Senate
last week by Attorney
General, Faris al-Rawi.
This follows Minister
of National Security, Stuart
Young’s recent promise
of a crackdown on guns, plus the
laying of the Bail (Amendment) Bill 2019
repeat offenders and those who use guns
to commit a crime.
The Firearms Bill imposes a million
dollar fine for several offences, including
possession, trafficking, manufacturing
Anyone in possession of a firearm
without a firearm users license faces a $1
million fine and 15 years imprisonment
(on summary conviction) or 20 years in
jail (indictable conviction in the High
For a second conviction on indictment,
they face 25 years in jail and a third time
offender faces life imprisonment.
— Compiled by Azad Ali
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