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

 


Exporters to benefit from shipping regulation changes

Hon Craig Foss
Minister of Commerce
8 April 2013 Media Statement
Exporters to benefit from shipping regulation changes

Commerce Minister Craig Foss today announced that international shipping to and from New Zealand will be regulated under the Commerce Act, improving oversight and delivering competitive outcomes for exporting industries.

Mr Foss says the changes agreed to by Cabinet will remove the 25-year-old sea shipping regulatory regime and bring the industry into line with general competition law.

“New Zealand is well-served by international shipping operators, with 18 companies operating here, but the current industry-specific regime is outdated and no longer appropriate,” says Mr Foss.

The changes will be introduced through the Commerce (Cartels and Other Matters) Amendment Bill, currently before the Commerce Select Committee.

“By bringing international shipping services under the Commerce Act, we are ensuring there is effective oversight of an industry vital to our exporters.

“The Government’s Business Growth Agenda lays out our ambitious goal to increase the ratio of exports to GDP to 40 per cent by 2025. A healthy, competitive and well-regulated shipping industry is an important part of achieving this.

“This Bill promotes economic growth by enabling pro-competitive collaboration between firms, while also deterring hard-core cartel conduct,” says Mr Foss.

The Productivity Commission report into international freight transport services recommended strengthening regulation of competition for international sea freight and air freight services. Work is continuing on the regulation of competition in international air services.


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Mt Albert Aftermath

Personality politics – Jacinda is great! Jacinda is not so great! – have dominated the coverage of the Labour Party’s fortunes this week...

Still, this is a relatively new and welcome problem for the centre-left. Labour has seemed so bereft of crossover talent for so long that it seems almost embarrassed by this latest development. More>>

 

State Sector: Government To Apply Pay Equity Principles

Legal changes are not yet in effect but the State Services Commission, on behalf of the government, and the Council of Trade Unions on behalf of unions, have agreed to apply the principles to current pay equity claims. More>>

ALSO:

Throwing Stoners: English Blames Failed Drug Tests For Unemployment

Bill English’s diversionary tactic of condemning of a generation of Kiwi workers as a bunch of drug-takers cannot hide his government’s failure to create opportunities for decent work, says Labour’s Employment spokesperson Grant Robertson. More>>

ALSO:

Conservation: Central Govt Takes Over 1080 Regulation

“This new approach standardises the rules for using such poisons rather than the current system of different rules in different regions. This change will reduce costs and delays for operators, ensure consistent conditions throughout the country, reduce mistakes from misunderstanding rule differences and allow best practice approaches to be used." More>>

ALSO:

Election Entertainments: ACT Has Prison Plan, Greens Have Water Bill

Green Party launches Member’s Bill to protect our freshwater The Green Party has today launched a member’s bill that will keep water from underground sources, called aquifers, safe from pollution and contamination. More>>

ALSO:

2040 Target And Lower Standards: “Swimmable” Rivers Five Times More Likely To Make You Sick

Forest & Bird has condemned the government’s new water quality standards, warning New Zealanders that they lock in current levels of water pollution and allow for a 5-fold increase in the chance of getting sick from swimming in a river. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news