PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- In a concerted effort to address growing concerns over a drug find contained in goods manufactured in Trinidad and Tobago, the minister of trade, industry and investment, Senator Vasant Bharath, met on Monday morning with senior executives of the Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers’ Association (TTMA) and exporTT Limited.
Lengthy discussions were had on implementing measures that will mitigate against such reoccurrences, while in no way inhibiting trade and ensuring that the reputation of local manufacturers is protected from unscrupulous criminal elements.
Further discussions were had on the certificate of origin with a possibility of more rigorous verification exercises by Customs and Excise, in instances when the commercial shipment is being exported by an agent other than the manufacturer.
Another meeting will be held on Wednesday with an expanded group, including representatives of the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce (TTCIC) and the Comptroller of Customs.
It is expected that at this meeting, a robust plan of action will be developed with a view to immediate implementation to protect the country’s local manufacturers and the country’s international image.
The ministry of trade, industry and investment, through its agency exporTT Limited, confirmed that the shipment in question was not exported by a local manufacturer, Trinidad Juice Company Limited and reaffirmed its commitment in supporting the legitimate operations of all local manufacturers.