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

 


Conveyor set to halve container inspection time


Conveyor set to halve container inspection time

Customs Minister Maurice Williamson announced today that in a world first for a Customs service, New Zealand Customs has deployed a state-of-the-art mobile, telescopic conveyor system that is expected to halve inspection time for sea cargo containers.

The mobile and extendable system includes integrated x-ray, scales and flexible link conveyors, and it can be moved on the back of a truck. It is based at Customs’ sea cargo inspection facility at Ports of Auckland.

Most of the country’s imports arrive through sea cargo to Auckland, with more than 210,000 containers recorded last year.

“Customs supports the economy by keeping legitimate goods moving across the border. This important investment benefits the growing sea cargo industry by increasing the speed at which Customs clears containers.

“Given the volume, Customs must also be well equipped to identify the small percentage of illicit drugs and goods concealed in containers. This conveyor system further improves Customs’ enforcement capabilities.

“The technology is also projected to save Customs $2.2 million in labour costs over ten years,” Mr Williamson says.

Customs uses its intelligence and tools to screen 100% of containers for risk. This sees between half and one per cent of containers being closely inspected.

The conveyor system was purchased from local company Rotech Equipment for $520,000.

ends


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Election Day: Make Sure You're A Part Of It!

Saturday 20 September, is election day, and New Zealanders’ last chance to have a say on who leads the country for the next three years.

“The people and parties we elect tomorrow will be making the decisions that affect us, our families and our communities,” says Robert Peden, Chief Electoral Officer. “It doesn’t get much more important than that, and we need all New Zealanders to use their voice and vote.”

Voting places will be open from 9.00am until 7.00pm on election day. The busiest time at voting places is usually 9.00am - 11.00am.

“Take your EasyVote card with you when you go to vote, as it will make voting faster and easier, and vote close to home if you can. But don’t worry if you forget your card, or didn’t receive one, because as long as you are enrolled to vote, your voice will be heard,” says Mr Peden. More>>

 

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news