Government’s Initiative To Protect The Environment – Restrictions On Vehicle Importation 

PR – As efforts continue to protect the environment and safeguard the health of the Grenadian people, Government is finalizing plans to introduce a ban on the importation of vehicles exceeding ten (10) years, while simultaneously implementing a fifty percent (50%) duty and tax concession on the importation of electric and hybrid vehicles. 

The initiative announced in the 2020 Budget by Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Dr. the Rt. Hon. Keith Mitchell, will be implemented on July 1st, 2020. 

The protection of the environment is among the top priorities of the Government of Grenada as it seeks to lower carbon emissions and reduce the burden on the Grenada Solid Waste Management to dispose of and manage the growing number of derelict vehicles that are abandoned alongside public roadways or transported to the landfill which is now close to full capacity. 

Grenada has seen an increase in the importation of vehicles in recent years, with the manufacturing dates that exceed five years. While this has realised additional revenue from duties and taxes and downstream businesses in parts and services, policy makers believe its long-term impact on the economy and environment seem to outweigh the immediate benefits.