We are updating our electronic certification systems
The Future of Certification programme will replace and modernise New Zealand’s electronic certification systems for exporting. These systems enable $33 billion worth of export trade and support biosecurity. The Government is investing $20 million in the programme.
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) will develop a new single system to replace:
- AP E-Cert (Animal Products Electronic Certification System)
- ePhyto (Electronic Phytosanitary Certification System)
- Wine E-Cert (Wine Electronic Certification System)
- Tahora (data exchange)
- Dairy Quota Management.
We will update our processes to support the new certification system as well as automating currently manual processes where appropriate.
How you can get involved and keep informed
We want to support our stakeholders during the programme. We're committed to informing, involving, and partnering with them.
In August, September, and October 2022, we will run several virtual national hui which will tell you:
- what work we've done so far
- how we have responded to what we heard in the 2021 sector workshops
- the plans for the rest of 2022 and beyond.
We'll also discuss:
- the potential impacts of the changes
- how stakeholders can get involved.
- Industry hui 1: Wednesday 31 August – 3pm to 5pm
- Industry hui 2: Wednesday 7 September – 3pm to 5pm
- Industry hui 3: Wednesday 14 September – 3pm to 5pm
- Māori industry wānanga: Wednesday 5 October – 9am to 11am
We will contact stakeholders with information on how to register for a hui. If you have not been contacted but would like to attend an event, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Why we are updating our systems
Our current certification systems are a mix of electronic applications and paper processes. These systems are old and nearing their end of life. Replacing them with a single application, like systems used in other countries, will help:
- businesses and exporters with simpler processes
- trading partners with easier 2-way exchange of digital certificates.
It will also:
- help protect us from food safety and biosecurity risks
- support our primary industries with efficient trade
- maximise new market opportunities with a flexible system
- support an increase in trade volume while COVID-19 recovery is a priority.
FUTURE OF CERTIFICATION TIMELINE
- 2022: Find a supplier to partner with MPI to develop the new system.
- 2023 to mid-2025: Development and delivery phases.
Who to contact
If you have questions about the programme, email email@example.com