The Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) this afternoon announced that staff will be working over the weekend to facilitate the processing of entries, payment of taxes and the clearing of consignments which have been backed up because of network disruptions.
A release from the GRA said that on Saturday, March 26, 2011 from 8:00 hrs to 12:00 hrs staff will be at the Customs and Trade Administration (Customs House), Main Street and at the Tax Operations and Services Department (VAT building), located at 210 ‘E’ Albert and Charlotte Street to enable the uplifting of entries currently lodged and the payment of relevant taxes. Staff will also be on duty at all Transit Sheds throughout the weekend (March 26-27, 2011) to facilitate the clearing of consignments.
The steps, the GRA said, are being taken to clear the backlog in the processing of Customs Entries as a result of the network disruptions caused by lightning which knocked out critical communications equipment.
“Importers can be assured that all outstanding entries to be processed via TRIPS and those awaiting payment will be expedited immediately. Further, extra security measures have been put in place to guarantee the smooth flow of business. However, it should be noted that no entries will be accepted for processing during this period”, the release said.
It added that it is anticipated that the network will be restored to full capacity during next week and at that time all services are expected to return to normal.