PHILIPSBURG–The St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce and Industry (COCI) warned on Monday that foreign construction companies that are not registered in St. Maarten are not authorised to work in the country.
COCI said in a press release that it has taken notice of the many advertisements published by foreign construction companies in the local and on social media.
“COCI herewith issues a warning to the public of St. Maarten to act with caution when contracting a construction company. Construction companies not registered at COCI and not licensed to do business in St. Maarten may not operate and/or offer services in St. Maarten,” the Chamber said.
“Many of these companies may also advertise vacancies to hire local workers, so those seeking employment are too urged to be cautious.”
The Chamber advised residents and business owners to request copies of a valid business licence and a current COCI registration to verify that the company they are engaging is legally established and permitted to do business in St. Maarten.
“Know who you are doing business with, who you are contracting or who you are planning to work for,” the Chamber said.