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Import and Export Permits for Agricultural Products and Equipment


Individuals and businesses wishing to import products and equipment for use in the agricultural sector are required to obtain approvals. Certain items may also be eligible for duty-free exemptions and these require a duty-free license prior to import.       

 An import permit must be obtained prior to importing the following list of items:

  • Hand tools for use in agriculture, horticulture or forestry.
  • Appliances for agriculture or horticulture.
  • Machinery parts for agriculture and horticulture.
  • Milk and dairy machines and parts.
  • Harvesting or threshing machinery, including straw.
  • Poultry and bee keeping machinery, incubators, etc.
  • Tractors for use in agriculture.
  • Field crates, picking bags and juice preservatives.
  • Medicinal preparations, biological products and drugs.
  • Vitamin preparations for livestock.
  • Equipment and material including curing units.
  • Other goods as intended solely for use for approved agricultural purposes.



How do I apply?

For the items listed above, a request should be submitted in writing to:

 

The Chief Technical Officer
Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries

St. Clair Circle
St. Clair
Trinidad, West Indies
Tel. (868) 622-9474 or (868) 622-1221 ext. 2006
Opening hours: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday to Friday, except public holidays

 

A list of the items being imported must accompany your written request.

 

For the import of bees, bee products and supplies, apply in writing to:

 

The Inspector of Apiaries

Farm Road
Curepe
Trinidad, West Indies
Tel. (868) 662-5127

 

Queen bees require quarantine, and this service can also be requested through the Inspector of Apiaries. There are no quarantine fees for imported of queen bees.

 

Duty free entry and Value Added Tax (VAT) exemptions are accessible to farmers, retail distributors and government agencies.

 

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What fees do I need to pay?

All import permits cost TT$10.00 per shipment.

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How long does it take to obtain a permit?

Once all the appropriate documentation is submitted, import permits are processed within one working day and are to be collected from the Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries.                      

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How do I obtain an export permit?

Information on how to obtain an export permit for agricultural products can be obtained from the Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries.

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Where can I find additional information?

For more information, please contact the office of the Chief Technical Officer or visit the website of the Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries.

       
The Chief Technical Officer
Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries
St. Clair Circle
St. Clair
Trinidad, West Indies
Tel. (868) 622-9474 or (868) 622-1221 ext. 2006

Opening hours: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday to Friday, except public holidays

Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries Website

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