Food items and certain household goods sold in Barbuda will become cheaper than they now cost as the Cabinet, on Wednesday agreed to waive the ABST that is normally imposed at the point of sale.
Minister of Social Transformation and Human Resource Development the Hon Samantha Marshall who was speaking during the Government Post-Cabinet Briefing this morning said that the decision was made to reduce the higher cost of living which Barbudans face because of the trans-shipment cost of moving all necessaries from Antigua to the sister isle.
According to Minister Marshall, over a year ago the Cabinet made a decision for the establishment of a committee geared towards ensuring that a Port of Entry was available for Barbuda which would ensure that goods are shipped directly to the sister isle.
She said that this was not achieved as there was a need for increased human resource capacity.
She said that the issue is of top priority and the necessary mechanisms will be put in place to ensure that Barbuda can be declare a Port of Entry.
The Social Transformation Minister said that the Barbuda Minister noted that the elimination of ABST will be significantly beneficial especially to those on low or fixed incomes.
ZDK news understands that the waiver goes into effect immediately, affecting shipments that will replace those items already on the shelves in Codrington.