The Customs law requires that all goods imported (except those listed below) require a declaration (Entry) to be made by the importer. This declaration can also be made by an authorized agent of the importer.
In making a declaration the importer or his agent must access the department's Asycuda World system through our website. Access to the broker module of this site for making the declaration is only on an authorized basis since users must be properly trained in the use of the system.
The importer makes his/her declaration electronically, registers and pays the duties where applicable. The declaration is then submitted for selectivity. The declaration may be given one of three lanes:
- RED indicating a full examination of the declaration is required; that also includes a physical examination; the importer or his agent must therefore present themselves to Customs at the station where the goods are located for the examination;
- YELLOW indicating the supporting documents need to be checked by Customs; the importer or his agent must therefore present themselves to Customs at the station where the goods are located for the verification;
- GREEN indicating Customs have no interest at this time with the consignment. An exit note can then be prepared for immediate clearance of the consignment.
Where goods on a declaration is afforded exemptions of duty through a Cabinet Conclusion or other statutory authority, that declaration will go through the Concessions officer for verification prior to clearance of the goods contained therein.
Goods exempt from making a declaration (Entry) are:
- Fresh fish (including shell fish) caught by St.Lucia fishermen and imported by them in their vessel;
- Passenger's accompanied baggage.
Note: Where a declaration is false in any material particular the importer may be liable to penalties.
For more information please contact Customs and Excise Department.
The following documents must accompany the Customs Entry:
- Airway Bill or Bill of Lading;
- Certificate of Origin (where it affords exemption of duty);
- Form 61 or 62;
- Import Licenses/Import Permits (where applicable).