Permit required for importing Xmas trees

POSTED: 10/10/12 11:55 AM

St. Maarten (DCOMM) – Wholesalers and retailers who want to import Christmas trees for the upcoming holiday season should request their permit early and make sure that the trees have been treated in the exporting country.

A permit is required for importing Christmas trees.

The Inspection Department TEZVT – Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries (LVV) has to ensure that imported Christmas trees – even though they may appear to be harmless, are free from insects and pests that could harm trees and vegetation on the island.

Wholesalers and retailers for each consignment should have a phytosanitary certificate from the exporting country showing that the trees have been treated before they leave the exporting country.

To secure the permit, companies are required to submit an application for import along with a copy of the original pro forma invoice. When the trees arrive, the wholesaler/retailer should notify the department and present the original phytosanitary certificate and proof that the trees were treated with insecticide.

The inspection department’s office is located at Zoutsteeg 3, Philipsburg, in the building that houses the Department of Economic Licenses. The office can be reached on 543 78 20 for further information.


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