8 Jun 2011

Biosecurity fee for travellers proposed

2:34 pm on 8 June 2011

Accounting firm KPMG says the Government should charge passengers a fee on arrival in New Zealand, to pay for research into better biosecurity control at the borders.

In its second Agribusiness Agenda report, KPMG says biosecurity topped the list of concerns among the 80 industry leaders surveyed.

KPMG partner and head of agribusiness Ian Proudfoot says the more the economy opens up, the greater the risk of incursion.

He says the cost of biosecurity incursions should be placed on those who bring the threats to the country.