St. Maarten gets its own historic new tax stamp


PHILIPSBURG--On Wednesday, December 7, history was made for both St. Maarten and Postal Services St. Maarten (PSS) with the handover of the first set of new tax stamps for country St. Maarten.
On hand for the official handover at the Receiver's Office were Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams, Managing Director of PSS Denicio Richardson and Acting Head of the Receiver's Office Minerva Gumbs.

After lengthy discussions and negotiations that started in 2010, PSS was awarded the contract to redesign and produce the new St. Maarten tax stamps with some minor changes. PSS had to follow a strict code in reproducing the tax stamps, and was able to successfully produce and handover the first set to the amount of NAf. 100,000.

The stamps are of high quality and the Receiver's Office was very happy and relieved to have received the batch as the old Antillean ones had run out. "With the new stamps in hand these will be put into circulation very soon and as country St. Maarten, another step again was made in setting us apart and further cementing our own identity," Richardson said.

The Prime Minister, who is also the Shareholder Representative of PSS, was given the honour of handing over the first set of stamps on behalf of PSS to the Receiver. "This is a first of more projects that Postal Services St. Maarten will be engaging in, in its quest to diversify its business activities. PSS is continuing to work on bringing back other arrangements and services into the post and will be updating the public on other ventures shortly," Richardson added.