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#9133 - 10/09/00 06:36 AM Names In Gov't to Contact About Lifting Duty
jacquesv Offline
Hey Folks!

I received this list from Reed Purdy. These are valuable contacts to express our opinion about continued imposition of duty on emergency supplies during this time of crisis.

PLEASE! If you take the time contact them, I beg you to be polite and civil. Antagonizing the 'powers that be' will NOT get us anywhere!

But maybe . . . if enough of us bring this situation to their attention, and plead our case in a calm and reasonable manner, we might get something changed! It's worth a try!

Thank you, Reed! Jacques


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Hon Said Musa Ministry of Finance (and Prime Minister)
New Administration Building
Belmopan, Belize C.A.
Tel: 501 - 8-22362/22152
Fax: 501 - 8-22886
E-mail: finsecmof@btl.net

Hon Said Musa Ministry of Foreign Affairs (and Prime Minister)
New Administration Building
P.O. Box 174
Belmopan, Belize C.A.
Tel: 501 - 8-22322/22167
Fax: 501 - 8-22854
E-mail: belizemfa@btl.net

Hon. John Briceno and Hon. Servulo Baeza, Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment
Belmopan, Belize C.A.
Tel: 501 - 8-22630/22711/22249
Fax: 501 - 8- 22333
E-mail: lincenbze@btl.net

Hon. Maxwell Samuels, Ministry of Public Utilities, Transport & Communication
Belmopan, Belize C.A.
Tel: 501 - 8-22435/22817
Fax: 501 - 8-23677/23317

Hon. George Espat, Ministry of National Security & Immigration
Belmopan, Belize C.A.
Tel: 501 - 8-22423/22225
Fax: 501 - 8-22615
E-mail: mary@btl.net

Hon. Ralph Fonseca, Ministry of Budget Planning & Management
New Administration Building
Belmopan, Belize C.A.
Tel: 501 - 8-22526/22527/20714
Fax: 501 - 8-20158
E-mail: primeminister@belize.gov.bz

Hon. George Espat, Ministry of Economic Development
New Administration Building
Belmopan, Belize C.A.
Tel: 501 - 8-22526/22527
Fax: 501 - 8-23111
E-mail: econdev@btl.net

Hon. Ralph Fonseca, Ministry of Investment & Trade
New Administration Building
Belmopan, Belize C.A.
Tel: 501 - 8-22218/31
Fax: 501 - 8-22195
E-mail: investment@btl.net

Hon. Valdemar Castillo, Ministry of Sugar Industry, Local Government & Latin American Affairs
Belmopan, Belize C.A.
Tel: 501 - 8-22167/22322
Fax: 501 - 8-22854
E-mail: belizemfa@belize.gov.bz

Hon. Jose Coye, Ministry of Public Services & Labour
Belmopan, Belize C.A.
Tel: 501 - 8-22204/22205
Fax: 501 - 8-22206
E-mail: publicsvc@btl.net

Hon. Dolores Balderamos Garcia, Ministry of Human Development, Women & Youth
Belmopan, Belize C.A.
Tel: 501 - 8-22161/22684
Fax: 501 - 8-23175

Hon. Daniel Silva, Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries
Belmopan, Belize C.A.
Tel: 501 - 8-22241/22242
Fax: 501 - 8-22432
E-mail: mafpaey@btl.net

Hon. Henry Canton, Ministry of Works
Belmopan, Belize C.A.
Tel: 501 - 8-22136/22139
Fax: 501 - 8-23282

E-mail: peumow@btl.net
Hon. Godfrey Smith Attorney General and Minister of Housing and Urban Development
Belmopan, Belize C.A.
Tel: 501-8-22110/22504
Fax: 501-8-23390

Hon. Cordel Hyde, Ministry of Education & Sports
Belmopan, Belize C.A.
Tel: 501 - 8-22380/22329
Fax: 501 - 8-23389
E-mail: educate@btl.net

Hon. Mark Espat, Ministry of Tourism
Belmopan, Belize C.A.
Tel: 501 - 8-23393/23394
Fax: 501 - 8-23815
E-mail: tourismmdpt@btl.net

Ministry of Health
Belmopan, Belize C.A.
Tel: 501 - 8-22325
Fax: 501 - 8-22942

Hon. Marcial Mes, Ministry of Rural Development & Culture
Belmopan, Belize C.A.
Tel: 501 - 8-22444
Fax: 501 - 8-20317
E-mail: ruraldev@btl.net

Hon. Patricia Arceo, Ministry of Industry & Commerce
New Administration Building
Belmopan, Belize C.A.
Tel: 501 - 8-22199/22153
Fax: 501 - 8-22923
Email: mintrade@btl.net

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PMI-Project Managment International, Inc.
379 Ukrajinska
Litvinov, Czech Republic 43601

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#9134 - 10/09/00 04:28 PM Re: Names In Gov't to Contact About Lifting Duty
jacquesv Offline
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#9135 - 10/09/00 05:03 PM Re: Names In Gov't to Contact About Lifting Duty
heyjude Offline
Why not have Patty Arceo use some of the $33,000 collected so far to pay the duty? The object is to get relief goods to those who need them and it seems this is a way that could be expedited. jude

might work, we were hoping to use that for the people, not for taxes.

[This message has been edited by Marty (edited 10-09-2000).]

#9136 - 10/09/00 05:10 PM Re: Names In Gov't to Contact About Lifting Duty
susangg Offline
I posted this to the "Get This" thread but have seen no response, maybe its too far down. So I'll re post it here.

AN INTERESTING LEGAL QUESTION: Any Belizean lawyers on this board or any govt. official should be able to look this one up quickly in the customs codes (as should anyone who has access to the published Belizean statutes regarding customs laws, such as a customs broker):


I never heard of any country where a branch of the government must pay customs duty when it imports items for the public.

IS BELIZE AN EXCEPTION? If not, it would seem to me that if the RECIPIENT of an otherwise dutiable item is a GOVERNMENT entity (such as the Ambergris Caye or Caye Caulker Town Board), it is EXEMPT from paying such duty.

Otherwise, you would have the absurd system of the public health dept (or ministry or whatever they call it) purchasing medical supplies and having to pay duty to itself. As another example: Does the BDF pay duty when the US govt donates anti drug weaponry and surveillance equipment that we all ready about? I would be real surprised if that occurred.
Did the British and US military contingent pay DUTY to the Belizean govt. on those 1,000 blankets, and other things it brought? I think not. I don't think it even occurred to anyone at customs to ASK FOR PAPERWORK! I would suspect the answer to all of the above is no.

Now, if GOVERNMENT ENTITIES do not have to pay duty on things that they import, it seems to me that all we need do is LABEL the cartons of relief supplies as belonging to the Town Board and there should be no more delays and demands for duty. If that is correct, the town board should quickly fax the names of the people who are bringing in these supplies so that there is a letter on file (with copies to the people bringing it in) documenting that the stuff belongs to a branch of government.

We need to start thinking out of the box here. If someone wants to send me a copy of the codes (send it as a file attachment or if you don't have it resident on your computer, fax it to me at: 510-405-2016 and I will review it, though it would certainly be best for a Belizean lawyer to do this. I would also want to see the codes that state what the status of the town boards for Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker are as governnment entities.
Also what exceptions to duty are there for charities, non profits, etc. if any?
Susan Guberman-Garcia, Attorney at Law. Phone: 510-792-2639
Fax/Voicemail:: 510-405-2016 Email: susangg@garcia.mpowermail.com


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