Pallet exporters must seek government’s permission

POSTED: 10/28/11 11:26 AM

St. Maarten – Individuals or companies desirous of exporting wooden pallets from St. Maarten to other countries, must notify the Inspection Department TEZVT-LVV (Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries) that falls under the Ministry of Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transport and Telecommunications. They must also secure permission before making arrangements to send the pallets abroad as they need to be inspected in order to ensure that there are no pests in the pallets.
Based on a recent experience, a company exported a container of pallets to Puerto Rico and the shipment was denied entry and returned to the island because the shipment contained the Auger beetle (Heterobostrychus brunneus). The beetle is a quarantine pest for the United States of America and territories.
“St Maarten as a country has to adhere to certain rules and regulations with respect to the export of goods. If the country does not adhere and comply to these, it can be blacklisted which could have a negative effect on our national economy,” Mervyn Butcher from the Inspection Department TEZVT-LVV stated in a press release.
The Inspections Department TEZVT-LVV of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Office is located in the Savence Building (Yellow Building where Public Works and Building Inspection are located), Tamarinde Steeg #16C on the Pondfill. The office can be reached by calling 542-4519 for further information.

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