President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has issued Executive Orders No. 85 and No. 86 respectively, waiving customs duty and storage fees at the Freeport of Monrovia, while also extending executive Order No. 78 that exempts the Liberia Water & Sewer Corporation (LWSC) from customs duties and selected items.
An Executive Mansion release issued Monday, 31 July says the Executive Orders came as a pronouncement made by President Sirleaf, during her annual message on 23 January that the Government will provide relief on custom duties and storage fees, and that the Liberia Revenue Authority and the National Port Authority shall establish procedures for the effectuation of such relief.
The Government of Liberia having assessed the increase in storage fees and custom duties accrued to containers at the Freeport of Monrovia, decided to initiate measures that will provide relief to its people, thereby issuing those orders.
Executive Power is vested in the President by the Constitution to issue Executive Order in the public interest to correct a particular situation.
President Sirleaf has ordered waiver on storage charges beyond the first seven days and customs duty on non-commercial containers accrued at the Freeport of Monrovia prior to December 31, 2016, by NGOs, Churches, Mosques, Schools, Hospitals, Clinics, Humanitarian Organizations and individual Liberians for non-commercial
relief and personal goods excluding vehicles.
Meanwhile, Executive Order No. 86 has directed the extension
of Executive Order 78, exempting the Liberia Water &
Sewer Corporation (LWSC) from customs duties and selected items. The Executive Order took effect as of 25 July 2017, up to and including
31 August 2017. –Press release