The CEO of the Port of Port of Spain said they are committed to continuously improving its performance and to working with all agencies to further enhance the ease of doing business in TT.
This follows claims by Opposition MP Rushton Paray, that the operations at the Port was affecting the ease of doing business in TT.
Paray also stated that delays at the Port was yet another reason why the Government was unable to attract international investments.
But,in a statement on Monday, acting CEO Robert Ramsubhag said they did not “experience any delays or backlog in delivering containerised cargo to the business community and the general public.”
Ramsubhag said the port, on average, delivered over 181 import containers per day to the business community.
However he acknowledged that delays were experienced in the delivery of barrels at the shed 10 barrel shop, which delivers mainly personal cargo to the general public.
Ramsubhag said “deliveries to the general public were impacted by the requirement to implement covid19 protocols to keep the public, Port Authority staff and the Customs and Excise staff safe and to reduce the risk of spread of the virus.”
He admitted that this was hampered by a shortage of Customs and Excise officers to do inspections.