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New Zealand to streamline immigration for low risk travellers

by Ray Clancy on June 1, 2016

A two year trial aimed at streamlining border processing services for low risk travellers to New Zealand has been announced.

Some $1.6 million will be put into the two year pilot to make it easier for those deemed to be a low risk when visiting New Zealand.

In addition some £2.8 million operations funding will be used to speed up clearance of low risk goods being imported into the country.

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And then there will be $1 million to be used for the creation of a border research, technology and innovation cell to develop technological solutions aimed at supporting streamlined border processing.

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy explained that selected regular trans-Tasman travellers will provide detailed information before they reach the border to enable an advanced risk assessment.

“This will save time and maintain strict border security standards. The aim is to better identify and fast-track low-risk travellers, and target resources at the highest risk areas to more effectively protect our borders,” he said.

“Annual biosecurity funding is now at a record $223 million. Over the past 12 months, MPI has employed 90 new front-line biosecurity staff, introduced 24 new biosecurity detector dog teams, and installed six new x-ray machines,” he added.

According to Customs Minister Nicky Wagner says agencies will work with businesses throughout the trial to design a final scheme that enables faster clearance of low risk goods, adding that it aims to get information earlier, allowing for earlier risk assessment and reducing costs for traders.

“If the trial proves successful not only will there be time and cost savings for traders and travellers, it will sharpen the Government’s focus on managing high risk activities at the border,” she added.

New Zealand has rigorous border controls and bans travellers from bringing in many foods and plant and animal products, but checks at ports and airports often result in long queues of people waiting to enter the country.

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