BASSETERRE, St. Kitts –- The Christmas Incentive Programme initiated last week by Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris, is applicable to items intended for personal use only and not for resale, according to Deputy Financial Secretary, Calvin Edwards.

The Christmas Incentive Programme is implemented during the Christmas and Carnival season. It provides duty concessions for foodstuff, gift packages and passenger allowances for the month of December.

The following concessions will be granted: non-commercial importation of foodstuff up to 400 lbs in weight will be free of duty and taxes; individuals are allowed to import non-commercial goods valued up to US $200 free-of-duty and taxes; and individuals travelling in December are eligible to duty and tax concessions on goods brought in up to a value US $200.

Edwards said the concessions cater to online shoppers.

“As in previous years, individuals ordering items during after Dec. 1 to 31will be exempt from duty and taxes on items with a value up to US $200,” Edwards said.

The duty-free allowances announced by Prime Minister Harris complements the two discounted Value Added Tax (VAT) Rate Days planned for Friday, Dec. 14 and Thursday, Dec. 20.