New Zealand announces increased biosecurity fees to pay for border risk management

New Zealand's government announced fee increases on Thursday for customs transactions and biosecurity provided by the Ministry for Primary Industries to pay for new technology related to border security.

The Joint Border Management System will consist of modern, integrated information technology products used by the MPI and customs to improve risk management at New Zealand's border. The JBMS is meant to give border agencies the ability to more accurately target risk and provide greater consistency for the border clearance process for goods.

The JBMS will also help the trade industry by streamlining processes and simplifying the border agency submission process.

After making the decision, the government will create an amendment to the Customs and Excise Regulations of 1996 to bring the customs fee increases into effect. The fee increase for biosecurity is still within the maximum allowable amount of fees provided by the Biosecurity (System Entry Levy) Order of 2010. The biosecurity fee increase was officially scheduled by the MPI's director-general.

The fees will be put into place at some point during 2013. The new fees will cover the cargo industry's share of costs for putting the first stage of the JBMS into place.

The original biosecurity fee was approximately $10.74 with value-added tax included. The increase brings the new fee up to approximately $14.83 with value-added tax included.