By: L.N. Reklai
May 12, 2017 (Koror, Palau) Delegate Lencter Basilius expressed concern to Minister Umiich Sengebau of the Ministry of Natural Resources, Environment and Tourism of the huge cost being acquired by importers due to lack of regulations implementing the Biosecurity Act of 2014.
“The act was designed to operate as a comprehensive whole with interlocking parts that would work together to protect Palau’s environment without necessarily hampering Palauan commerce and trade,” stated Delegate Basilius in his letter to the minister.
Without clear procedures and fees, importers are faced with an unpredictable process that “impairs their ability to plan ahead”.
This process, according to the letter, has led to excessive overtime imposed by Quarantine with cost born by the owner. This cost is said to be passed on to ordinary consumer.
Delegate Basilius urge Minister Sengebau to expedite the promulgation of the regulations and to remove this excessive cost that is said to hamper trade and commerce.
Minister Sengebau is off island and could not reached for comments. [/restrict]