VIPCA works on Regulation of Certain Garbage for waiver for VI yachts

The Regulation of Certain Garbage (CFR Title 9 Part 94.5 and Title 7 part 330.400-330.401) is currently being enforced by CBP outreach subsequent to an order by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Enforcement is for ALL U.S. Ports, which includes the U.S. Virgin Islands.

This is not a local CBP vendetta against yachts in the territory, moreover application of a federal law with increased enforcement owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This weekend VIPCA has been in communication with both the Director of VI CBP and the Governors’ Office. Resultantly the U.S. Department of Agriculture has been contacted and it has been explained to USDA that the majority of vessels presently in USVI waters have garbage which was provisioned locally and not international, as they have been “in-place” for at least two months. The regional Agricultural Specialist will be able to determine whether a “technical waiver” may be provided to those yachts.