Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Container Inspections Stepped Up

Media Release
Hon Marian Hobbs
Minister for Biosecurity

10 April 2000

CONTAINER INSPECTIONS STEPPED UP

Containers and their cargo from known "high risk" countries will be subjected to an increased level of inspection following the unprecedented discovery of three snakes in recent weeks, the Minister for Biosecurity, Marian Hobbs, said today.

She said the Group Director of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry Biosecurity Authority, Barry O'Neil, has also ordered Quarantine Service detector dogs to be used routinely at container terminals to improve the prospects of snake detection at the border.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry was already conducting a comprehensive review of the risks posed by container "hitch-hikers", the Minister said.

A review of import health standards for shipping containers is underway. Import health standards specify the requirements needed to manage effectively the risks associated with imported goods before they enter New Zealand.

As part of the review, the MAF will:
 Measure the efficacy of current container inspection procedures.
 Investigate the use of X-ray technologies and detector dogs for container inspection.
 Further refine profiles of high risk containers to target inspections.
 Identify high risk locations of container cargo delivery that may warrant active ongoing surveillance.
 Consult with the Australian Quarantine Inspection Service (AQIS) to ensure support and compliance with the health standards.



Marian Hobbs said that as well as the review, MAF is writing to all shipping companies to request information on how they verify the accuracy of current container certificates that attest containers are clean and free from residues of previous cargo.

Containers arriving in New Zealand and shipping lines that have a record of frequent erroneous certification, will be identified and better targeted for inspection.

Information on the risks and implications of exotic pests being introduced to New Zealand via shipping containers will be developed for distribution to importers, shipping companies and other parties involved in container shipping.

Information will also be prepared advising people who open containers what to do if they find pests.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

SCOOP COVERAGE: CHRISTCHURCH MOSQUES TERROR ATTACK


Gordon Campbell: On Asking The Banks To Be Nicer To Farmers

Few would begrudge the idea that banks should be made to act more humanely – given the obscene profits that the Aussie banks are extracting annually from New Zealand, they can surely afford to cut some slack.

Yet the interesting background statistic is that farm debt in New Zealand has exploded by 270% in the last 20 years, to around $63 billion... More>>

 

Mosque Attacks: 21 Month Prison Sentence For Sharing Live Stream Video

A Christchurch man who admitted redistributing the livestream video of the mosque killings has been sentenced to 21 months in prison. More>>

ALSO:

Operation Burnham Inquiry: Afghan Villagers Pull Out

The Afghan villagers involved with the inquiry into Operation Burnham say they have lost faith in the process and will no longer take part. More>>

ALSO:

Child 'Uplifts': Children’s Commissioner To Conduct Review

“At the time of the attempted uplift from Hawke’s Bay Maternity Hospital at the beginning of May, our Office shared our views on the critical importance of the mother-child relationship, and the fact that this relationship is denied to too many Māori children”, says the Children’s Commissioner, Judge Andrew Becroft. More>>

ALSO:

Fluro Logo, Definitely Not Racism, Activist Judges: Act Has Conference

“Finally, New Zealanders will have the right to challenge bad laws in court. If the courts find that a law hasn’t been made in accordance with the basic principles of good lawmaking, it can be declared invalid." More>>

ALSO:

Money Found: Revised Offer For Teachers And Principals

PPTA and NZEI have recommended that revised offers from the Government to their members are ratified, Education Minister Chris Hipkins has announced. More>>

ALSO:

Discussion Doc: National's Primary Sector Plans

Today National has released our third discussion document, this one on the primary sector. It showcases our positive and innovative approach to what is the backbone of our economy, Leader of the National Party Simon Bridges says. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels