Oncology Specialist Visits the Turks and Caicos Islands

The Ministry of Health, Agriculture and Human Services welcomes Dr Armando Sardi to the TCI this week. Dr Sardi is the Medical Director of the Institute for Cancer Care in Baltimore, Maryland and a renowned Surgical Oncologist. Dr Sardi will be visiting the TCI between 17th-21st January 2018, during which time he will meet with a variety of stakeholders including; Ministry of Health personnel, TCI Hospital, NHIP, Turks and Caicos Medical Association in addition to the Cancer Society and Foundation. Dr Sardi will also engage with the Premier, Hon. Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson and the Minister of Health, Agriculture and Human Services to discuss the issue of cancer in the TCI.

The government shares the concerns of the general public in relation to the number of cases of cancer being diagnosed in the TCI. Globally cancer is the second leading cause of death with nearly one in six deaths worldwide attributed to cancer. The incidence of cancer is expected to rise by 70% over the next twenty years.

  • According to the World Health Organization (WHO) around one third of deaths from cancer are due to the 5 leading behavioral and dietary risks: high body mass index, low fruit and vegetable intake, lack of physical activity, tobacco use, and alcohol use. These risks are modifiable.
  • Tobacco use is the most important risk factor for cancer and is responsible for approximately 22% of cancer deaths.
  • Late-stage presentation and inaccessible diagnosis and treatment are common in some lower and middle income countries.
  • The economic impact of cancer is significant and is increasing.

Between 30–50% of cancers can currently be prevented. This can be accomplished by avoiding risk factors through lifestyle changes. The cancer burden can also be reduced through early detection of cancer and management of patients who develop cancer. Many cancers have a high chance of cure if diagnosed early and treated adequately.  Modifying or avoiding key risk factors can significantly reduce the burden of cancer. These risk factors can be addressed by:Avoiding the use of tobacco containing products

  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Eating a healthy diet with a variety of fruit and vegetables
  • Engaging in regular physical activity at least three times a week
  • Reducing alcohol use

Tobacco use is the single most important risk factor for cancer and is responsible for approximately 22% of cancer-related deaths globally. The Ministry of Health has taken a number of steps to address cancer in the TCI including the following;

  1. Development and implementation of a Non-communicable disease action plan
  2. Promoting healthy lifestyles through various media and activities to educate the general public about steps they can take to live healthier lives
  3. Development of National Cancer Screening Guidelines
  4. Developed the Tobacco Control Bill which was approved in 2016
  5. Developed a Nutrition Policy which will address risk factors associated with diet.

The Ministry of Health Agriculture and Human Services looks forward to engaging with Dr. Sardi and local stakeholders in reviewing existing and developing additional strategies and interventions targeted at reducing the burden of cancer in the Turks and Caicos.For further information, please contact the Health Promotion and Advocacy Unit on 338 2771.



His Excellency the Governor, Dr John Freeman, chaired the meeting of the Cabinet on Wednesday, 17 January 2018, at the Hon. Hilly Ewing Building on Providenciales.

All Ministers were present except the Hon. Deputy Premier.

At this meeting Cabinet:

  • Noted the recommendations of the Procurement Board to award a contract in line with the Public Procurement Ordinance 2012 as follows –TR17/30 Supply of fencing materials for the TCI Ports Authority;
  • Approved the waiver of import customs duty on furniture and appliances which qualify under the list of approved items in the Customs (Import Duty Exemption) (No.3) Order which were imported by a number of applicants to replace items damaged by the hurricanes and which were paid for before but not received by the deadline of 31 December 2017 as stipulated in the Customs (Import Duty Exemption) (No.3) Order;
  • Advised His Excellency the Governor to approve, subject to amendments being made, the draft Liquor Licensing (Amendment) Bill 2018 for forwarding to the House of Assembly for Approval;
  • Advised His Excellency the Governor to approve amendments to the Micro, Small, Medium Enterprise Development Ordinance 2015 subject to compliance monitoring of approved concessions being conducted by Invest TCI and summary reports being prepared for Cabinet;
  • Received an up-date by the Hon. Minister of Education, Youth, Culture and Library Services on the re-opening of schools in TCI following the September hurricanes and on plans to re-open those that remain closed or are still in need of repair, including support from the private sector;
  • Received an up-date by the Hon. Minister of Home Affairs, Transportation and Communication on discussions with Digicel and FLOW on plans to restore IT and telephone connectivity on Grand Turk and other islands in TCI which continue to suffer severe communications disruption following the September hurricanes;
  • Received feedback from His Excellency the Governor on a meeting which he chaired on 16 January involving the Department for Disaster Management and Emergencies (DDME) and other agencies involved in TCI’s disaster management response. The meeting discussed hurricane preparedness priorities to be addressed ahead of the 2018 hurricane season as well as a revised TCIG command response structure and implementation timescales to ensure that TCI is fully prepared for this year’s hurricane season. His Excellency the Governor undertook to forward to Hon. Ministers a list of priority hurricane preparedness issues drawn up at his request by DDME for urgent consideration;
  • Discussed the issue of access to the beach at Taylor Bay;
  • Received an up-date from the Hon. Premier on action taken following the fire at the control tower at Grand Turk airport on 14 January;
  • Received an up-date from the Hon. Premier on measures to repair and restore facilities at Grand Turk airport following damage as a result of the September hurricanes;
  • Received an up-date from the Hon. Minister of Tourism, Environment, Heritage and Gaming on problems of banking and ambulance services on North and Middle Caicos. The Hon. Minister further requested an up-date on the situation regarding vector control on North and Middle Caicos and the temporary clinic on North Caicos;
  • Received an up-date from the Hon. Minister of Tourism, Environment, Heritage and Gaming on problems encountered by a visiting overseas film crew;
  • Received an up-date from the Hon. Premier on the forthcoming National Honours and Awards ceremony in Grand Turk in Grand Turk on 20 January.

Further information on these matters will be provided by Ministers in due course.


Premier Robinson Announces Final Extension For Import Duty Exemption

The Turks and Caicos Islands Government is pleased to announce the extension of the Customs (Import Duty Exemption) Order 2018. The Order may be cited as the Customs (Import Duty Exemption) Order 2018 and will now expire on 31st March 2018.

The import duty exemption shall apply to individuals seeking to import goods of a description specifically furniture, appliances and general construction/building materials for personal use and not for resale. Merchants are excluded from this final extension and residents are reminded that no letter need to be written to the Minister of Finance. Persons are encouraged to consult with the Customs Department to ensure compliance and to avoid unnecessary challenges ahead of imports. Be sure that your items are included within the Order and all documentation is provided even ahead of of shipment.

An individual seeking to import goods of the description specified and; to be granted the import duty exemption shall on importation of any such goods produce to the Collector of Customs –

 (a) Evidence of ownership of the damaged property or long-term residence at the property.

(b) Evidence of damage to property, furniture or appliances, either through photographs or insurance assessments and;

(c) Proof of the value of the replacement furniture or appliance either by invoice or quotation. This Government is seeking to channel resources quickly, flexibly and efficiently to ensure that they reach those most adversely affected. My Government will ensure that Turks and Caicos Islanders are in a position to rebuild bigger and better.

Premier Robinson in announcing this final extension said, “These remain challenging times in the Turks and Caicos Islands. In the face of fallen revenue and early in our continuing early recovery efforts, it is important to support our residents where we can. I am pleased to announce the final extension. We recognize the challenge with insurers, shipping delays and orders being filled and believe that many will be grateful for this final extension. This has been a wait and see period as we watch our revenue performances and are happy to offer this final extension. I wish to remind us all that this is a great sacrifice  at this time and I must encourage persons to cease the attempts to abuse this opportunity being presented. We are not at the revenue levels that we wish to record nor have we recovered what was loss but we are committed to helping those who are able to help themselves in their repairs.

As we seek to finalise our firm recovery plans, I wish to encourage our residents by our present state. No Irma, No Maria, no super-storm is superior to our indomitable spirit. We are Turks and Caicos Strong and we will emerge from these natural phenomena better, smarter, stronger and more united as we seek to rebuild.

Rest assured that my Government will explore strategies, implement policies and legislation to ensure that we remain a resilient people".



Hon Sharlene L Cartwright Robinson

Premier & Minister of Finance

The Turks and Caicos Islands


Caribbean Port Management Workshop 2018



Caribbean Port Management Workshop 2018: Mega-hurricanes, new technologies and Regional Disaster Assistance Network dominate topics


In less than four months since the passing of the last of the five devastating hurricanes of 2017, representatives of the broader Caribbean maritime community gather in Panama on January 22, 23 and 24 to discuss the type and nature of the destruction; and, what technologies, systems and networks are now necessary to deal with future tropical hurricanes.


Registration of participants began this week for the inaugural Caribbean Port Management Workshop, being held at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Panama.  The three-day event, organized and presented by the Port Management Association of the Caribbean, Portside Caribbean and Caribbean Maritime University, has attracted the attention of a number of regional organizations.  Coming soon after the historically violent hurricane season of 2017, this year’s Workshop provides an early opportunity to analyse and initiate plans and strategies ahead of 2018’s tropical storms.


Already, a number of cruise and cargo ports and terminals around the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico have registered or have indicated intentions to participate.  Representatives of cruise ports and cargo terminals that were recently affected by destruction of land and port assets will share and analyse the type nature of port infrastructure damage and how defensive systems performed or failed under the onslaught of 2017’s mega-hurricanes.  This opening workshop session is a prelude to a broader discussion to take place on the second day of Workshop 2018.



In the broader discussion, a plenary on January 22, participants will discuss coordination o assistance and relief efforts following major disasters and, specifically, the building of an integrated Regional Disaster Assistance and Relief Network operating across the Caribbean region.  Already, representative from organizations, including the Caribbean Climate Innovation Centre, CBCL Consulting Engineers Limited, Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), American Salvage Association, Oil Spill Response Ltd., T & T salvage, Panama, DHI. The Inter-American Committee on Ports (OAS-CIP), the American Association of Port authorities (AAPA), the Gulf Ports Association of the Americas, and the Regional Logistics Centre for Humanitarian Assistance (CLRAH) have registered or confirmed intention to attend.


Workshop 2018 will begin, after formalities with Tropical Hurricanes:  Recent Phenomena – Impacts, Destruction and Outlook.  This will be presented by the Regional Chair of the world Meteorological Organization, Dr. Albert Martis.  This will be followed by accounts and recollections of what exactly happened in 2017, as Caribbean port managers show and tell stories not reported by news media but which are vital for the planning and development of sustainable port facilities. Of special interest also is a presentation entitles A Regional Lifeline, by Dr Carlos Manuel Gomez Rudy, Administrator of the massive resource facility of the Regional Logistics Centre for Humanitarian Assistance, now under construction in Panama.



The 2018 Caribbean Port Management Workshop will have three tracks (of workshop presentations) over its first two days.  A total of 19 Workshop sessions will be presented in the three tracks.  Two tracks will run simultaneously on Day 1, giving participants a choice of reviewing the latest satellite-based technology and systems for designing, sustaining or expanding harbours and port facilities or, otherwise, addressing disaster management and response strategies. 


Day 2 will bring all participants into the discussion to establish a region-wide disaster assistance/relief network.


On Day 3, participants will leave the classroom setting at the Sheraton Hotel to visit three facilities, including the expanded Panama Canal and particularly its awesome new set of locks.  This will be followed by a visit to the award-winning Manzanillo International Terminal (MIT) to see the latest in port operations technology and systems.


MIT is hosting the 2018 Caribbean Port Management Workshop in Panama.  []  more information at Port Management Association of the Caribbean.  www.pmac-ports.com  CONTACT:  Mike Jarrett, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




Customs Duty Exemption, Frequently Asked Questions:

Customs Duty Exemption, Frequently Asked Questions:


What does the exemption order do?

The exemption Order will allow importers to import the selected goods into the Turks and Caicos Islands duty free.


What goods are listed under the current Customs Order?

For full details of the items listed under the Order, you may visit the TCI Customs Department website at www.customs.gov.tc


However, below are a list of items that are currently included in the Customs Order:

Selected Building materials, namely:

Concrete Blocks





Structural steel and sheets

Fasteners (screws, nails, bolts)

Zinc sheets and other roofing material

Electrical conduits, boxes, fixtures, wires etc.

Plumbing pipes, fittings and fixtures

Finishing materials (paint, shore coat, etc.)

Windows and doors materials

Hurricane straps

Floor finishes (hardwood flooring, tiles, stain, varnish, etc.)

Construction tools and equipment (excluding equipment under chapter 84 of the Customs Tariff such as Work Trucks, Cranes, Excavators, Fork lift Trucks, Bulldozers, Levelers and similar equipment)

Electrical wires


Roof Sealing


Selected Furniture, namely:


Love seat

Accent chairs

Cocktail table

Sofa table

End table

Bed frame

Bed headboard

Bed footboard

Dining room table

Dining room and chairs


Box spring

Dresser and mirror


Chest of drawers


Selected Appliances, namely

Television (one per importer/declarant)





When does the order expire?

The Current Customs Order expires on the 31st of March 2018, at 11:59pm.


What happens if my goods are shipped before the order expires but arrives after the order expires?

In order to qualify for this Customs duty exemption the goods must be “landed” in the Turks and Caicos before the expiry of the Order on the 31st March 2018.

***Landed means the date that the vessel or aircraft arrives in the Turks and Caicos Islands.


Who do I contact to benefit from the Customs Order?

To benefit from this Customs Order a written request must be submitted  to the Collector of Customs, requesting the exemption and producing documents stipulated in the order.


What are the contact details for those who process these request?

The Concessions desk contacts are as follows:

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For General Inquiries:


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Grand Turk:

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What supporting documents do I need to provide to benefit from the order?

Your letter to the Collector must be accompanied by the following:

  • Proof of ownership of the property, or long term residence there
  • Proof of damage to the property
  • Proof of damage to the furniture and appliances
  • Invoices for good replaced/purchased



Who qualifies under the order?

Only individuals qualify under the order, Businesses and Companies do not qualify.


Do I need to bring hard copies to the office or may documents be scanned and emailed?

You may drop copies to the office, and you may also scan and email to us.


What can be used to show proof of ownership of property?

As proof of ownership of property, you may submit a copy of the register page for the property, which is obtained from the Land Registry.


What may be used to show long term residence at the property?

A sworn Affidavit to that effect, lease or utility bills.


Does the Exemption cover the 7.5% Customs Processing Fee?

No, the exemption is a full duty exemption ONLY, which means that you will pay 0% duty, but the 7.5% Customs Processing Fee must be paid in full.


What happens if items acquired abroad are not shipped in my name?

In your letter to us, you must indicate that the goods belong to you but was consigned to another individual, and produce documents requested.


What happens if the land documents are in my wife's name, but the items are shipped in my name?

In this case you would apply in the usual way stating this in your letter, and producing a copy of your marriage certificate.


What happens if I have items which are not on the exemption list?

If you have imported items not on the exemption list, they will not be duty free, and you will have to pay the full duty rate.


What happens if I am granted the exemption but some of the items arrive in a later shipment?

Once you have been approved for the concession and items are short shipped, you will not have to be processed again, and you will not have to pay again. Your broker will use the same letter and follow the procedure for short-shipments. You must ensure that the Department is notified of a short shipment either directly or through your broker.


What happens if I am renting an apartment, but the furniture and appliances belong to me, would I be covered by the order?

Yes, if you are able to satisfy the Concessions desk that you are the owner.


What happens if I have multiple shipments? For example, Rooms to g o shipped my furniture on the 13th of January, Brandsmart shipped my appliances on the 24th of January, and Home Depot shipped my ceiling fans on the 14th of February?

Each shipment will require approval. This means that request will be made in each case.


Once I have received approval what do I do then?

Your approval letter must be submitted to your Broker (if you have one), who will attach it to you Customs Declaration, so that you pay 0% duty.


Turks & Caicos Government

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