Posted: January 4, 2016. 5:29 p.m. CST.
By Aaron Humes: This evening we reached Jack Charles by telephone and he told us that he was “disappointed” in the ruling, because all he wanted was to help the Belizean consumer. But he says he has not given up on trying to get Guyanese rice into the country.
Charles spoke of other plans which he declined to elaborate on at this time; however, he told us that when those plans come on stream he will be sure to update the media.
In response to Eamon Courtenay’s suggestions that he is trying to get rich from the scheme and that he has offered no guarantees that he will keep his promises, Charles told us he will keep his word – if and when the Guyanese rice hits shelves in Belize, it will be sold at 69 cents per pound.
Charles says he calculates that he personally will make about eight dollars per bag of rice sold, while the retail shops make about 9 dollars, and this is calculated in the price. Charles had also promised a special rate of 50 cents per pound for school feeding programs and other charitable causes.
Charles also told us he has no communication from the Customs and Excise Department warning him about re-exporting the rice; as far as he is aware the rice remains at Big Creek Port and he is paying storage for it.
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