• Petitioned The Hon. Paula A. Cox MP, JP Premier/Finance Minister

This petition was delivered to:

The Hon. Paula A. Cox MP, JP Premier/Finance Minister

Bermudians and Residents against proposed duty increase

    1. Gwendolyn Ward
    2. Petition by

      Gwendolyn Ward

      sandys, Bermuda

Our issue is the damaging tax proposal of increasing duty for ALL imported personal items by as much as 500%, whether by Air Freight, Ocean Freight or Courier.
This will affect all residents of Bermuda without exception.
95% of all imported items come into Bermuda via Ocean Freight, Air Freight, Courier or the Post Office, which are billed at the normal lower duty rate. Only 5% comes through the Airport, which is at a 35% duty rate.
If the intention is to 'normalize' or 'harmonize' duty rates, lower the airport back to the normal duty rates that all other methods are on.

 

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    • Debra Jardine PAGET, BERMUDA
      • over 2 years ago

      Goods are already too costly. We need a break during these rough times.

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    • tom wadson SOTHAMPTON,SBO$, BERMUDA
      • over 2 years ago

      Because I am completely exasperated by this entire collection of idiots ruining Bermuda with their STUPITY, incompetence & stealing.

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    • Lynn Walker WARWICK, BERMUDA
      • over 2 years ago

      The Hon. Paula A. Cox is sending the wrong message with this proposed hike. Retailers who have, for many years, been bringing in unpopular and inferior goods and charging, outrageous prices, will continue to do so or worse. I refuse to purchase a top for $195.00 in a local retail store, when I can buy the very same item online for $45.00-$55.00. Retailers have to understand that since the advent of the Internet, times have changed and they must change as well. The internet provides variety, and reasonable prices. Something that Local Retailers have been lacking in quite some time.

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    • Jack Ward HAMILTON, BERMUDA
      • over 2 years ago

      I often seek parts to repair items. These cannot be found locally as it is uneconomic for local retailers to hold this inventory. It is much faster, cheaper and more efficient to find it myself. There is no reason for such action to be penalised - especially in a recession. If this increase in duty were part of a fully thought out strategic approach to turn Bermuda around I may feel different. But - there is no evidence of a plan. Perhaps more of our leaders agree with Derrick Burgess who claims "we all know that hindsight is better than foresight". If so, why plan?

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    • Betty D Reid ST GEORGE, BERMUDA
      • over 2 years ago

      Prices are too high, I'm a widow, have a difficult time paying my overhead, stressing me out. I'm frustrated and discusted.

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