Customs Long Room At Airport To Close In June

May 18, 2015

The Collector of Customs said they wish to “inform the importing public that the Customs Department will no longer be operating a Long Room at the L. F. Wade International Airport [LFWIA] from Monday, 1st June, 2015.”

“As of Monday, 1st June, 2015, the Customs Department will be operating one Long Room only from our main offices, at 40 Front Street, Hamilton. All Bermuda Customs Declarations [BCDs], together with any associated query responses or payments, will be required to be submitted to the Hamilton Long Room effective 1st June, 2015,” a spokesperson said.

“The LFWIA Long Room currently operates out of the LFWIA Air Cargo Terminal and provides facilities for the receiving of Bermuda Customs Declarations [BCDs], the data input of BCDs, the review and release of BCDs and delivery of the associated goods, the receiving and processing of funds for BCDs, the receiving and processing of query responses for BCDs, as well as providing general guidance on Customs matters.

“The LFWIA Long Room will cease accepting all BCDs and all payments as of 5pm on Friday, 29th May, 2015. Any outstanding queries for BCDs that had been previously lodged with the LFWIA Long Room may be dealt with at the LFWIA Long Room on Monday, 1st June 2015, only. However, after Monday, 1st June, 2015, all outstanding queries must be dealt with at the Hamilton Long Room.

“Customs is aware that this decision will impact importers who have dealt exclusively with the LFWIA Long Room. However the decision was reached only after careful review. The Customs Department is endeavouring to be as efficient as possible. A review of our operations confirmed the declining use of the LFWIA Long Room. The volume of BCDs processed through the LFWIA Long Room is significantly less than the volume passing through the Hamilton Long Room.

“The lesser volumes of BCDs processed through the LFWIA Long Room also results in higher associated staffing costs per BCD. The revenues generated were dis-proportionately less. The staff at the LFWIA Long Room will be re-deployed in Hamilton, where staffing levels have recently been impaired due to cost cutting measures.”

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  1. Squirt says:

    Crazy. Crazy. Crazy…..

  2. Terry says:

    Um old.
    Where do I pick up my goods.

    • Gonzalo says:

      Can you read? The freight shed is not closing.

  3. Unbelievable says:

    It is a pretty large building that could be re-purposed for something more than a large warehouse.

    • Gonzalo says:

      And the money comes from where?

      • Unbelievable says:

        All I said was repurposed. I didn’t say anything about finding money to make it a hotel. Relax.

  4. Project Fail says:

    Well there goes any benefit there was to paying more for air freight! Up until now BCDs were processed far quicker than at Hamilton Longroom. I at least hope the Hamilton Longroom will have officers dedicated to air freight.

  5. Jus' Askin' says:

    OBA is now showing all of You the new airport will be built and they are taking the steps to do so :-D


    • Gonzalo says:

      You got it wrong. The customs office closing does not change the operation of the cargo building. The shipments still need to be stored somewhere until a new freight terminal is built.

      • Jus' Askin' says:

        “… until a new freight terminal is built.”
        So do I have it wrong? ;-)

        • In the Dark says:

          A new freight terminal and a passengers terminal are both in the works. You don’t here much about the freight part of the business since the talk has been about the $200 million passenger project. Further the passenger terminal is to be built on the western part of the airfield – a long way from the existing cargo building.

    • “Misery, envy and jealousy are all related.” I’ll quote an individual our Opposition Party love to repeat / follow: “The Opposition can have their say but we’re the Government and we’ll have our way.” – E.o.Q
      If there is / be no use for the place then get rid of it. Bermudians are afraid of change and that’s the bottom line…Afraid of change.

  6. Gonzalo says:

    The fallout from the PLP incompetence continues. Post offices have closed, schools will go next and Customs services are being terminated. The civil service is shrinking and massive cuts will continue to be made if Bermuda is to ever become fiscally responsible.

    • UM JUS SAYIN says:

      What happens when the shrinking Civil Service don’t have enough staff to fully operate the infrastructure of Bermuda? We as Bermudians need to fight for our country and stop letting OBA do as they please. Remember, they are our servants. We are in charge of them, and they MUST answer to US. If we are not in agreement with their choices then WE must speak up! Its not that we are afraid of change, the changes need to be in the best interest of Bermuda.

      • hmmm says:

        when will that be? How many do you think we need?

      • Seriously? says:

        The OBA are the elected government and they are making some people happy as they try to bring back sanity to our country. The loss of jobs and termination of services is not a decision made by easily by the OBA – it’s the economy stupid! No government in power at this time can allow the financial realities to be overlooked the way the PLP did.

      • iabingi says:

        What’s the alternative “PLP” ?

  7. Gingerbread man says:

    Ahhhhh, what is a Long Room? I mean I get the gist of what it is from the article, but I have never heard this term before.

    • blow in says:

      its bigger than a short room you idiot

    • Terry says:

      Simple answer Gingerbread man.
      That use of words has been around over 50 years.

      Because it took so freekin long to get anything done……….

      I need a rum……..

      • In the Dark says:

        Just be sure to pay the duty on your rum…

    • In the Dark says:

      In the early customs houses, there was a long room where the importers paid their “custom” to the crown. The room was long as there were many importers waiting and many customs officers doing the collecting. Think of the long lines of tellers in a bank from not long ago.

      Now customs accepts paperwork without having to wait for it to be processed and in many place you can send you forms, permits and payment electronically.

      • Terry says:


        Yah steeeel gutta type hit dood………………………………

        Rum hall rahn…………………………..