[25 July/NBR]

The Ministry for Primary Industries has warned importers will face delays as they complete biosecurity protocols. The delays are due to a high court decision ruling the Government is liable for letting Psa into the country. The Government will appeal the decision. Car importers also faced a scare this year when stink bugs were found on ships headed to New Zealand. This halted the industry for days. The pest was the second most unwanted in New Zealand after the Queensland fruit fly and could cause $4 billion in exports to be lost. Importers Institute Secretary, Daniel Silva, said it was early days but there had been no noticeable delays since the court’s decision last month. He added there was always a risk inherent with importing things, and the question was how we manage it.