St. Vincent & the Grenadines Customs & Excise Department

The Grenadines

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The Customs and Excise Department (CED) is a division within the Ministry of Finance and Planning and one of the two main revenue collecting agencies of the Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The primary functions of the Department are collection and protection of the Government's revenue, combating smuggling and terrorism, and facilitating the flow of legitimate international trade and travel.




JUNE 4TH 2021

image/Herman Lewis proceeded on pre-retirement leave on May 31st, 2021 and will officially be retired from his position as Senior Customs Guard at the Customs and Excise Department (Customs) on December 23rd, 2021. He spent the past thirty-three (33) years employed at the Customs Department: this made him the longest serving Customs Guards on record.

Herman Lewis joined the department on April 5th 1988 as a Junior Customs Guard and for many years was assigned at the E.T. Joshua Airport. His duties included, securing the Customs area and the ramp as well as assisting the Customs Officers in their tasks. He also worked at Port Campden Park and at the Kingstown Headquarters throughout the years.

Mr. Lewis took his tasks very seriously and never hesitated to impress upon you the gravity of a situation. His Supervisors and coworkers can attest to his impeccable attendance and punctuality record. While stationed at the airport he was accustomed to arriving for his shift ahead of time. He showed up at least thirty (30) minutes in advance to ensure a proper handover when relieving the Guard on duty.

Coworkers described Mr. Lewis as a very humorous and fun- loving man. While at the airport he was known to make friends with the Police Officers at the Fire Station and often socialized with them. His peers could always expect a good laugh. However, he has a unique skill for shifting quickly between humor and sternness.

The Department held a retirement send-off for Mr. Lewis on Friday 28th May, 2021 where he was presented with a plaque commemorating his thirty-three (33) years of service and dedication to the Customs and Excise Department and the state of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The management and staff of the Customs and Excise Department would like to thank Mr. Herman Lewis for his years of service and to wish him God’s richest blessings on his retirement.

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