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Biosecurity New Zealand aims to have a new way of verifying used imports fully operational by July, with the move putting extra pressure on border-inspection organisations.
Changes to improve onshore processes have resulted from talks with the car industry and its supply chain.
The aim is cut port-clearance times with transitional facilities set up where vehicles of concern will be fully checked – and not dockside. It follows an increase in cars failing biosecurity requirements because of seeds or pine needles.
And MPI inspectors will permanently stay in New Zealand after being recalled from Japan about a year ago. Autofile investigates the issue in depth.
The UK may be placed on the high-risk list to keep stink bugs out of New Zealand in the future. The government has decided against putting the country on schedule three of its draft import heath standard for vehicles for now, but anticipates it will be added – although no timescale has been given.
Poland has been added to the schedule, but China and South Korea – where stink bugs are native – have not. Find out why. And some smaller types of vehicles will no longer be eligible for management-exclusion criteria.
Toyota appears to be going it alone with the broadcasting frequency for intelligent transportation systems fitted to some of its cars that needs to be disabled before being imported here. A ruling is now in force for damage flags to be raised on any vehicles with ITS Connect installed coming into New Zealand.
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