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9 July 2002
Submissions are being sought on proposed changes to the way in which the
Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) recovers costs incurred in the export
of live animals, embryos and semen (germplasm).
Currently MAF charges $25 dollars for the issue of an official assurance,
which is an export certificate detailing how New Zealand is meeting the market
access requirements of the importing country.
MAF's National Manager International Trade Carolyn Hini said the existing
arrangements are no longer financially sustainable and haven't been for some
"This fee does not in anyway reflect the extent of costs or activities
involved in complying with overseas market access requirements for a particular
live animal or animal germplasm export.
"A variety of tasks must be completed before we can assure our trading
partners that our exports meet their requirements.
"This can be a time consuming and complex operation that includes the
registration of exporters, the accreditation of staff to undertake fieldwork,
identifying and notifying overseas markets, and providing official assurances.
"To rectify this imbalance, MAF proposes to make new cost recovery
regulations under the Animal Products Act 1999 which place a greater emphasis on
the responsibility of the exporter to cover costs involved in their activities,"
A number of options for cost recovery have been outlined in the discussion
paper Animal products Act 1999: Recovery of MAF costs for facilitating live
animals and animal germplasm export activities. These include total cost based
on an hourly rate, a fixed fee per export certificate, cost per number of live
animals and animal germplasm, or a combination of these options.
Ms Hini said that proposed changes would be instrumental in providing a
comprehensive export certification process that will further improve New Zealand's
access to international markets in live animal exports.
Electronic copies of the discussion paper are available at http://www.biosecurity.govt.nz/biosec/consult.
Submissions must be received no later than Friday 16 August to: Ivan Rowe,
MAF Policy PO Box 2526 Wellington.
For further information contact:
Philippa White, Communications Adviser, 04 498 9948 or 025 223 1875