The Ministry of Blue and Green Economy, Agriculture and National Food Security’s, Plant Protection and Quarantine unit wishes to advise ALL exporters, organizations and institutions involved in the export of Fresh Produce via the Long House Port in Porstmouth, that inspections will now take place daily, during the hours of 9.00am and 6.30pm ONLY.
The decision to amend the hours for inspection is as a result of the increase in the number of non-compliance reports being received by the Unit as regards exported fresh produce from Dominica to regional territories.
A non compliance report means that the receiving countries Plant Health or Inspection services upon receipt and inspection of the goods, has cited the presence of pests and/or disease in the produce or the packaging , and this can result in strict import measures or even a ban placed on all ALL produce from ANY Dominican based exporter.
The Plant Protection and Quarantine Service has taken this proactive approach and will now undertake inspections during these times to ensure that produce is inspected more thoroughly before cleared for export.
The cooperation of the all exporters and the public is solicited.