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New border system launched


1 August 2013

New border system launched

Customs and the Ministry for Primary Industries have launched the next stage of their new electronic border system, heralding the start of a smarter, swifter border for goods to pass in and out of New Zealand.

The new system, known as the Joint Border Management System (JBMS), is being delivered in a phased programme of releases so that each part can be thoroughly tested first.

Deputy Comptroller Transformation and Technology Robert Lake says: “We are grateful to industry partners for working with us to pilot the system, as it means we have an iron-clad process for making sure it works in real life before we switch it on.”

The first stage of JBMS includes the Trade Single Window, which will ultimately let exporters and importers send all shipment details electronically to one place, rather than to several government agencies. It also lets companies connect to Customs and MPI directly if they choose to do so, rather than going through an intermediary.

MPI Deputy Director-General Verification and Services, Roger Smith says JBMS is a key component of a strong New Zealand border for the future.

“JBMS will deliver significant benefits to the economy through greater efficiency, reduced costs and better risk management and it is a key contributor to the Government’s goal for Better Public Services through online services,” he said.

Industry can choose to transfer over to the new system now, or they can continue to use the existing border systems until the new system becomes mandatory after December 2014.

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