News relating to the New Zealand freight industry
The following message is from NZ Customs:
Between 5pm on Friday 10 May and 9am Monday 13 May, client and supplier code applications will not be processed, including applications submitted by fax or email.
This outage will enable changes to be made to the Joint Border Management System (JBMS) in preparation for industry access to Trade Single Window.
Processing is expected to recommence shortly after 9am on Monday 13 May. It is not expected that processing times from Monday will be affected by the outage.
For urgent applications (such as urgent medical supplies) between 5pm Friday and 9am Monday contact your local Client Services office or phone 0800 4 CUSTOMS.
JBMS is being developed by Customs and the Ministry for Primary Industries. The Trade Single Window (TSW) is a major component of JBMS, and includes implementation of new WCO3 messages that will ultimately replace current import and export entries, cargo reports and craft reports.
Information about when WCO3 messages and other TSW functions will be available is explained here.
CBAFF Council Member Steve Pugh responds to an article published on Port Technology International:
"Lyttelton Port is also up grading to SPARCS N4. Goodness only knows they need an improvement in efficiency. If this technology can provide some improvement [I] fully endorse the move. Good to see our ports are thinking ahead and keeping abreast with developments."
In response to the article found in The Marlborough Express, CBAFF Council Member Steve Pugh had the following comment:
"This has been talked about for at least 20 years and I don’t think the business case stacks up. Advantage of shortening road trip to Christchurch and the truck move savings is fantastic, but the cost to set up the infrastructure I don’t think is practical at this time. So the more relevant data they have the better for that decision. If more freight could be encouraged onto rail and off the roads this might make the case a viable, but rail needs a major overhaul and has the government got the appetite to put the money in."
The following is from NZ Herald, 29/04/13:
Ministry for Primary Industries chief executive Wayne McNee has resigned to take up a role as chief executive of Livestock Improvement Corporation.
Deputy State Services Commissioner Sandi Beatie said Mr McNee was an effective and highly regarded state sector chief executive.
"Wayne has achieved a great deal in 14 years as a state sector chief executive and we would be happy to see him return to the public service in the future.
Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy and Food Safety Minister Nikki Kaye thanked Mr McNee for his 14 years as a chief executive in the public service.
Source: TVNZ, Published: 08/04/13
A joint Customs initiative by New Zealand and China aims to improve procedures for clearing New Zealand goods held in bonded storage when they reach China.
The two administrations have been working on a procedure that will allow importers in China, on a trial basis, the 'multiple use' of a Certificate of Origin to clear goods under the China-NZ Free Trade Agreement when goods are declared in part for domestic consumption.
Importers in China will receive the same lower preferential tariff rate for the entire shipment regardless of parts of the shipment being released into the domestic Chinese market.