Roger Smith - Head of Biosecurity New Zealand and Chief Operations officer for the Ministry for Primary Industries has announced a review of Biosecurity NZ cargo pathway. This is being driven by Unyielding growth in imports and shipments into the country having put New Zealand’s borders under increasing pressure from a range of pests, most notably the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug which has been detected in record numbers this season. As this and other threats increase, there are heightened expectations from the Government and industry to protect the nation from biosecurity incursions and to ensure that our biosecurity infrastructure is up to standard and ‘fit for purpose. Against this backdrop, we need to take action to resolve a number of issues, including:
The fact is, some of the cargo processes we use to manage biosecurity risk are nearly 20 years old. While we have made a number of changes to these processes over the last few years, there is more that can be done to protect New Zealand from biosecurity risk. We are in the process of commissioning a third-party to undertake a thorough review of all aspects of the current inbound cargo system, including, but not limited to:
Goals and objectives
We are in the process of designing what the review will look like, including how to involve industry. The review has a completion date of 31 May 2019 and in order to meet this deadline significant effort, resource and engagement will need to occur.
Review of Approved Transitional FacilitiesBiosecurity Minister Damien O'Connor has announced a crackdown on transitional facilities following recent discoveries of (BMSB) brown marmorated stink bug. O'Connor said there were 4518 facilities around New Zealand where containers of imported goods were checked for biosecurity risks, but these were expected to be whittled down to fewer numbers as the standards of each were to be increased. Transitional facilities would now have to "up their game" and ensure each staff member at each place was qualified with extra training, at their own cost. O'Connor warned New Zealand should anticipate more pests at our borders as more countries around the world became infested. This was why it was so important to ensure the facilities checking incoming goods to the country were doing the best job they could. If that resulted in some "more lax" facilities unable to meet those standards, that were not necessarily a bad thing, he said. O'Connor said while some facilities were already operating with high standards, he believed there were others which took a "more casual approach" but they would be forced to get better or not operate.
Tuesday, 26 February 2019
Posted: 3 weeks 2.7 days ago
Tags: BMSB, BioSecurity
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