A Vermont beekeeper has a duty to other beekeepers and the general public in knowing the laws that apply to beekeeping in Vermont.
Vermont State Apiarist and Food Safety Specialist David Tremblay reminds us that he is concerned about uninspected bees coming into Vermont and these bees then not being registered or inspected. It is acceptable to ask the honeybee supplier if their bees have been inspected and to view the inspection certificate.
Vermont statutes address this as follows:
- § 3032. Transportation of bees or used equipment into the State
(a) No bees, used equipment, or colonies shall be brought into the State of Vermont unless accompanied by a valid certificate of inspection within the previous ten months from the state or country of origin stating that the bees, used equipment, or bee colonies are free from bee disease.
(b) Any person, other than a common carrier, who knowingly transports or causes to be transported used equipment or colonies to a point within this State shall provide the secretary with a copy of the certificate of inspection not more than 72 hours after entry into this State.
(c) This section shall not apply to a shipment of bees, equipment, or colonies which originated outside the state and is destined for another point that is also located outside this State. (Added 1983, No. 83, § 1; amended 2003, No. 42, § 2, eff. May 27, 2003.)