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Friday 9 September 2005
The Port of Napier has become the first New Zealand port to achieve a
tough new standard around the quarantine clearance of newly arrived
vessels to New Zealand.
It's taken 18 months of close work with the Ministry of Agriculture and
Forestry's Quarantine Service to achieve the new MAF Biosecurity Standard
for Places of First Arrival.
Meeting the conditions of the standard has required the port to develop
robust systems and processes that meet strict biosecurity criteria for
vessel arrivals, port security, cargo and transitional facilities,
biosecurity refuse control, passenger processing and biosecurity risk
MAF Quarantine Service General Manager Ken Harris says the Port of
Napier is the first port in the country to be certified. By achieving this
standard they have demonstrated their ongoing commitment to biosecurity.
"We applaud the commitment and effort that has gone into the
development of robust biosecurity systems and facilities.
"We have enjoyed a close working relationship with the Port. They share
our commitment to keeping New Zealand free of unwanted pests and diseases,
now and into the future," he says.
Under section 37(1) of the Biosecurity Act 1993, all ports must
ultimately meet the 2003 MAF Biosecurity Standard: Requirements for Places
of First Arrival (Ports).
Helen Keyes, Communications Adviser,
04 474 4219 or 027 285 5715