National proposes increased penalties for biosecurity risks
13 June 2019
National is proposing increasing
the penalties for breaching biosecurity rules at the border
to protect our farms, orchards and natural environment from
pests and diseases, National’s Biosecurity spokesperson
Nathan Guy says.
“Our biosecurity system is under
immense pressure with 5.5 million passengers entering the
country each year, along with increasing imports.
“We want to toughen up on those bringing in risk items
which could put our biosecurity at risk. This would mean
increasing fines from the current $400 to $1000 for those
found to have risk materials, and giving Ministry for
Primary Industry officials the power to immediately deport
those who are found to knowingly conceal risk items.
“National wants to ensure importers are held
accountable for signing off Import Health Standards on goods
that aren’t free of biosecurity risk items. These measures
will go a long way to better protecting our border.
“For more details on our approach to biosecurity and
other matters in the primary sector I encourage you to read
our recently launched primary sector discussion
Note to editors: Primary Sector
Discussion Doc can be found here
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