Christmas trees must be fumigated

POSTED: 10/24/11 2:02 AM

St. Maarten  (DCOMM) – Wholesalers and retailers who plan to import Christmas trees must make sure that the trees have been treated, the inspection department of the Ministry of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunication said in a press release this weekend.

Wholesalers and retailers must have a phyto-sanitary certificate from the exporting country showing that the trees have been fumigated with methyl bromide before departure.


Businesses need a permit for the import of Christmas trees. St. Maarten has to comply with international regulations like the International Plant Protection Convention. The government is in the process of registering ads a member of this convention.

Christmas trees have to be fumigated to make sure they are free of insects and pests that could harm trees and vegetation on the island.

The office of the inspection department is located in the Yellow Building on the Pondfill. Call 542 45 19 for more information.

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