Two week grace period for removing illegal electronics

POSTED: 01/4/12 11:53 AM

St. Maarten – Inspectors from Bureau Telecommunication and Post St. Maarten have given whole sale and retail stores two weeks to stop selling illegal wireless devices to the general public. If they don’t the agency will confiscate the item and the business owner could face six months imprisonment or an administrative fine of 25, 000 guilders.

Inspectors are targeting electronic communication devices that are not FCC or CE approved. These devices do not comply with the FCC part 15 requirements or the EU R&TTE Directive. They are also known to cause interference with public and governmental communications systems, resulting in unforeseen outages and/or service degradation. A detailed list of items will be placed on the bureau’s website –

Inspectors first noticed the presence of the items during several onsite spot-checks and have now given businesses two weeks from the publication of their notice (today) to review their inventory and conduct compliance verification. Items that are not compliant should be removed from the store and cannot be given away as gifts or sold.

“These devices should be shipped back to the manufacturer or distributor (with proof submitted to BTP SXM) or destroyed in the presence of BTP SXM inspectors,” a release stated.

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