Quarantine Department, formerly under the Ministry of Agriculture,
began its operations in 1981. Its first task was to eliminate
the threats posed to Belize by the interception of the Mediterranean
Fruit Fly in the states of Florida and California in the USA.
Ever since, the Quarantine Department is considered the first
line of defense against the introduction of any foreign pest
or disease that could be a threat to animal, plant or human
health through inspection and certification programmes. Quarantine
Inspectors are at all official point of entry and are responsible
for the inspection of luggage, vehicles, commodities and any
receptacle that may be considered a vehicle for the introduction
of pests or diseases.
Quarantine Departments' main activities are:
To maintain an efficient inspection service at ports of
entry to prevent the introduction of exotic pests and
To guarantee compliance with quality standards of imported
products destined for consumption, agricultural use and
service oriented activities through inspection.
To certify pest and disease free status as well as the
quality and standards of our export commodities.
Maintain local surveillance programmes to curtail and
intercept illegally imported products of quarantine importance.
To make the Quarantine/BAHA a model organization within
our area by capacitating our inspectors to give the public
the best possible service without compromising our legislative
Maintain database that verifies our Quarantine Status
and facilitates trace-backs.
BELIZE MAP SHOWING QUARANTINE STATIONS
QUARANTINE & INSPECTION SERVICE ORGANOGRAM
the Quarantine Department
Mr. Margarito Garcia, Director
Cayo District, Belize
Punta Gorda- Tel/fax: 011-501-722-2563