In the final year of full refinery operations, the value of exported petroleum products was .7 billion (2011 fiscal year). When the mainland United States is on Standard Time, the U. Virgin Islands are one hour ahead of Eastern Standard Time. Virgin Islands are an independent customs territory from the mainland United States and operate largely as a free port. This report states that the "leisure and hospitality sector" employed an average of 7,333 people.When the mainland United States is on daylight saving time, Eastern Daylight Time is the same as Atlantic Standard Time. However, the retail trade sector, which also serves many tourists, averaged another 5,913 jobs.
The onset of World War I brought the reforms to a close and again left the islands isolated and exposed. Appeals filed prior to that date are heard by the Appellate Division of the District Court. president, while Superior Court and Supreme Court judges are appointed by the governor. Virgin Islands Fifth Constitutional Convention adopted a proposed Constitution of the Virgin Islands, which was submitted by President Barack Obama to Congress on March 1, 2010. As of early 2017, the territory still did not have its own constitution.Natural hazards include earthquakes and hurricanes. The United States Virgin Islands enjoy a tropical climate, with little seasonal change throughout the year. International business and financial services are a small but growing component of the economy. also uses imported energy to operate its desalination facilities to provide fresh water. Virgin Islands source income; they pay taxes to the territory equal to what their federal taxes would be if they lived in a state.