Prospect Park

Trade war leads to problems for Brooklyn Christmas tree merchant

December 6, 2018 By Raanan Geberer Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Bay Ridge celebrated its first of many tree lightings this holiday season at Shore Road. Eagle photo by Arthur de Gaeta

As the U.S., Canada and Mexico continue to hammer out a new trade agreement, extra scrutiny at the Canadian border has caused a delay in some people getting their holiday trees.

Several days ago, Prospect Heights Christmas tree merchant David Sevigny, whose company is known as Christmas Tree Brooklyn, was told by his customs broker that a thousand of his finest trees, worth about $100,000, were being held up at the border, according to PIX11.

“I imagine the trade war had something to do with it,” he said.

Since his customers were waiting for trees, he took his U-Haul, drove to Pennsylvania and bought several hundred trees to cover his customers, PIX11 reported. By that time, the Canadian trees had cleared the border.

Sevigny plans to offer his customers a discount and, with every sale, make a donation to Covenant House, PIX11 said. He also plans to sell some of his excess trees to other vendors who are in need.