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CLIA Praises Government and Industry Collaboration as NZ Biosecurity Scheme is Hailed a Success

December 21, 2017 Cruise No Comments Email Email

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia has welcomed the success of a biosecurity accreditation scheme in New Zealand.

All major cruise lines have introduced the new biosecurity accreditation scheme in conjunction with New Zealand Ministry of Primary Industries, driving down the number of ‘gangway interventions’. 

Norwegian Cruise Line became the most recent cruise company to adopt the process, following implementation by P&O Cruises, Princess Cruises, Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises over the past 12 months.

“CLIA welcomes the success of the scheme and the strong relationship developed with NZ authorities ahead of the re-set of the Border Control Levy,” CLIA Australasia Managing Director, Joel Katz said. 

With cruise ships making hundreds of visits to ports around the country each year, MPI has reported that the scheme has released Border Security resources to focus on higher risk areas, while also reducing the seizure rate of biosecurity risk goods. 

For cruise lines which regularly visit New Zealand, Mr Katz said accreditation meant less biosecurity intervention on the gangway resulting in a smoother and more streamlined arrival experience for cruise passengers, while protecting New Zealand’s biosecurity. 

The voluntary scheme, which was announced by the New Zealand Ministry of Primary Industries in 2016, involves collecting background information about vessel stores and on board management practices to determine the biosecurity risk of each visiting ship. 

“We’re thrilled to see that the major cruise lines who visit New Zealand have come onboard with this initiative and are playing their part in protecting New Zealand’s unique flora and fauna,” Mr Katz said. 

“The success of this accreditation scheme shows what can be achieved when government and industry work together, and we believe this effective cooperation will have positive flow on effects for cruising in the region, which has doubled in the past five years.”

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