The Division of Environmental Quality recently adopted pesticide regulations (CR Vol 35, No. 09) redefining the types of pesticides that may be imported into the CNMI, which applies to any person intending to import a pesticide in the CNMI.
Firstly, any banned, misbranded, or unregistered pesticide, or any pesticide device without an establishment number, is not allowed in the CNMI and will be detained or denied entry to the extent permitted by law, by the DEQ, customs officers, or agricultural quarantine officers.
Secondly, pesticides allowed for entry are products that are labeled in the English language and bear a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency registration number and or establishment number on the original label.
Any pesticide or pesticide device manufactured in or shipped by or through any foreign country may be imported as long as a Notice of Intent to Import is submitted to DEQ for prior approval along with the $15 processing fee.
All general use pesticides used to control pests on fruit and/or vegetable crops or other agriculture products may be imported, with applicable forms and fees. This applies to all retailers and wholesalers.
NOIs is also required for pesticides used for crack, crevice, and spot treatment, including termiticide and for pesticides used for fumigation, hospital grade disinfection, and commercial purposes. The definition of “commercial purposes” applies to pest control establishments or green house or golf course or hotel/resort facility and is applying pesticides (general use or restricted use) at the facility. The fee for this type of importation is $15 per product shipment for general use pesticides and remains at $50 for restricted use pesticides.
NOIs are not required for establishments that may import calcium hypochlorite, trichloro-S-trianzinetrione, sodium bromide, sodium hypochlorite and related items; household disinfectants and anti-bacterial chemicals (such as Clorox bleach or 409 or Pine Sol, etc.) or household insect, mosquito, ant, roach chemicals or baits (such as Black Flag, Raid, etc.).
The CNMI Pesticide Regulations are available to any interested person. Call or visit the Division of Environmental Quality Pesticide Management branch at 664-8512, located along Chalan Pale Arnold at the Gualo Rai Center or visit the DEQ website at www.deq.gov.mp. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 7:30am to 4:30pm. (DEQ)