T&T to continue restricting trade in honey produced by CARICOM countries

The Government of Trinidad and Tobago has vowed to continue restricting the trade in honey being produced by CARICOM countries to prevent the spread of diseases.

However, a CARICOM bulletin says that T&T did not rule out relaxing rules for the product to transit that twin-island nation without penalty.

The issue dates back to February 2015 when Trinidad and Tobago fined Guyanese Freight Forwarding Service LaParkan US$3,000 for facilitating the movement of honey within one mile of Trinidad and Tobago’s shores in violation of the 1935 Beekeeping and Bee Products Act.

Since then, the issue has remained unresolved before CARICOM’s Council for Trade and Economic Development.

Agriculture Minister, Clarence Rambharat has indicated that Trinidad and Tobago would examine the legislation “to see if we could create that environment in which we could allow in-transit once it doesn’t stay in the country and is something we have to look at it and also to see the risk of it being transshipped as opposed to it staying in Trinidad.”