Possible biosecurity risk reshipped to Japan

11 May 2000

A used hydraulic digger contaminated with kilos of dirt on it has to be reshipped to Japan by its importer.

The MAF Quarantine Service is not allowing the hydraulic digger to be discharged from its ship at any New Zealand port because the importer did not get the equipment cleaned before being shipped here. This could represent a major biosecurity risk.

Ruth Frampton, MAF's Director Forest Biosecurity said the importer was blatantly non-compliant with New Zealand's import health standard requirements for used agricultural and forestry equipment entering the country.

"Importers know that all imported used agricultural equipment from any country must be dismantled and cleaned to ensure it is free of all contamination prior to it being shipped to New Zealand," says Dr Frampton. The import health standard also states used agricultural equipment must be stored and transported in a manner that would preclude it from recontamination.

The import health standard for used agriculture and forestry equipment was implemented in 1998, and developed in conjunction with industry.

MAF is serious about compliance with import requirements, and the regulations make it clear that highly contaminated agricultural equipment will be reshipped or destroyed.

For further information contact:

Ruth Frampton, MAF's Director Forest Biosecurity. Telephone: 025 350 801
Ken Glassey, Border Management Group. Telephone: 04 498 9610 or 025 249 2318
Gita Parsot, MAF Communications Adviser, Telephone: 04 498 9806

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