Minister Powell says NIA keeping promise to better Nevisians

Junior Minister with responsibility for Communications and Works in the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) Hon. Carlisle Powell, underscored the government’s commitment to make life better for all Nevisians. He made particular reference to a number of villages in the St. Thomas Parish, which had been neglected by the past administration.


Premier Parry underscores island’s progress


“This afternoon is a special time for us, as it is the beginning of the celebration of our 25th Anniversary. It was 25 years ago that St. Kitts and the island of Nevis, this twin island nation, took the bold step of Independence. It was 25 years ago that this island with $250,000 started the government of Nevis. Many persons had low expectations, because a small sum of $250,000 was not expected to take us anywhere.


Custom’s Mission Statement

The Customs Department is  committed to the execution of its mandate to collect all the various description of revenues for which it is responsible. The undertaking will be done at least cost to the public and in a manner that engender the highest degree of  public confidence in our integrity, efficiency and fairness.

  • The assessment and collection of customs revenue on commodities imported into and exported out of state.

  • The interpretation and application of local and external tariffs.

  • Certifying authority for exports of manufactured and wholly produced goods to CARICOM , E.E.C and USA under the respective international trade conventions.

  • Institution and formulation of tax policies under customs and excise laws and any other relevant legislation.

  • To enforce customs law and prosecute all who have contravened.

  • Boarding and clearing of vessels entering and departing our waters.

  • Supervision of bonded warehouses and other customs controlled areas

  • Supervision of distilleries and breweries.

  • Agency duties for other departments with respect of import / export restrictions.

    Key Priorities of the Custioms Department

    Revenue Collection

    Efficient and effective administration of customs duty.

    Counter Smuggling/Improved Quarantine Intervention

    • Support extensive screening and intervention verification levels/examination cargo and passengers

    • Implement systems and procedures that improve national security but minimize disruption to legitimate activity, where possible.

      Border Protection

      • Regulate prohibited and restricted goods including firearms.

      • Maximize the detection of illicit drugs and precursor chemicals.

      • Utilize technological tools to meet border requirements and detect revenue fraud.

      • People Smuggling.

      • Maintain high levels of civil maritime surveillance and response.

      • Innovation and Technology.

      • Deliver , implement and manage the transition of innovations and technology which would enhance the management of people finances and information.







        Minister Daniel lauds success of Culturama 2K8

        Deputy Premier and Minister of Culture in the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) Hon. Hensley Daniel, lauded the efforts of all who contributed to the success of Culturama 2K8 but expressed the need for greater participation. (more…)

        Noted Nevisian author lectures on crime issue

        The Nevis Reformation Party (NRP)-led Nevis Island Administration (NIA) continued to look at crime in a serious manner. Premier of Nevis Hon. Joseph Parry hosted a lecture by Nevisian Author and Educator, Mr. Whitman Browne who discussed the topic: “Countering Criminal Behaviour in our Changing Caribbean”. The event was held on August 06, 2008, at the Red Cross building on Chapel Street, Charlestown.


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