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HURRICANE DORIAN EXIGENCY ORDER

From the Department of Inland Revenue and NEMA

LINK: https://inlandrevenue.finance.gov.bs/other/hurricane-dorian-exigency-order/

IMPORT PROCESS FOR HURRICANE RELIEF SUPPLIES
under the Hurricane Dorian Exigency Order of September 2, 2019

 

 

WHO IS ELIGIBLE

Individuals and businesses are eligible to import tax free goods under the Exigency Order under the following three conditions:

  1. Imported goods fall under the approved list of items

  2. The final destination of the imported goods is an approved island

  3. Imported goods will be used for charitable purposes to support restoration activities directly related to Hurricane Dorian or by individuals who have directly suffered hardship or loss as a result of Hurricane Dorian
     

 WHAT IS THE PROCESS

Eligible individuals or businesses must:

STEP 1 – Complete Exigency Order Form for “Approved Goods”

  • Download forms at Customs, NEMA, DIR or  Ministry of Finance website or request a copy in-person at Customs

  • The person or entity in The Bahamas receiving the imported relief supplies should complete this form

 

STEP 2 – Complete Relevant Customs Declaration Form

STEP 3 – Present Documents to Customs at Port of Entry

  • Customs will be responsible for reviewing and approving documents at the Port of Entry.

DONATIONS OF HURRICANE RELIEF SUPPLIES:

What can I import Duty Free & VAT Free under the Hurricane Dorian Exigency Order?


FOR 30 DAYS:

  • Bottled water

  • Clothing

  • Food for personal consumption

  • Personal hygiene products


FOR 90 DAYS:

  • Bedding Materials

  • Building Materials

  • Cots

  • Electrical fixtures and materials

  • Electrical generator

  • Household furniture, furnishings and appliances

  • Medicine and Medical Supplies

  • Mosquito netting

  • Plumbing fixtures and materials

  • Tents


Conditions may apply. Refer to Hurricane Dorian Exigency Order of September 2, 2019.


What islands can benefit from the Duty Free & VAT Free tax breaks under the Hurricane Dorian Exigency Order?

  • Abaco

  • The Abaco Cays

  • Grand Bahama Islands

  • Sweetings Cay

  • Deep Water Cay

  • Water Cay


Conditions apply. Refer to Hurricane Dorian Exigency Order of September 2, 2019.