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Trinidad blocks honey imports from Grenada

Published:Thursday | May 9, 2013 | 12:00 AM

Grenada said on Tuesday it is prepared to take its concerns to a "higher body" if Trinidad and Tobago does not live up to its commitment to resolve the restriction imposed on the import of honey from the neighbouring Caribbean Community country.

The issue was discussed at the Council for Trade and Economic Development meeting in Guyana last week, where Grenada made a submission under the heading 'Confiscation of honey exported to Trinidad and Tobago'.

According to Dr Patrick Antoine, the chief economic adviser to the Keith Mitchell government, Port-of-Spain gave a commitment to take steps towards resolving the issue.

He said that following the submission, Trinidad and Tobago gave an undertaking to examine the matter within a 30-day period.

"However, if nothing is done so that we can export to that market, we will be taking our concerns to a higher body," Antoine said.

Trade officials said Trinidad and Tobago is using a 1964 law to protect honey produced in the twin-island republic and has not provided any evidence to substantiate its claim that the move to restrict the importation of honey from Grenada is to stem the entry of disease that may be harmful to the bee industry in that country.