17 Feb 2012

Farmers push for effectiveness in border control review

6:29 am on 17 February 2012

Farmers and the horticulture sector have told the Government that it needs to focus on effectiveness rather than efficiency in its latest border control review.

The three agencies responsible for border controls, MAF Biosecurity, Customs and Immigration, have begun the review to see how they can work together better.

Primary Industries Minister David Carter says they will take a fresh look at the functions of each agency and how co-ordination of the overall border management system can be improved.

He says biosecurity is a top priority, but the aim is to improve trade and travel services as well, as pressure builds for more streamlined travel.

Both Federated Farmers and Horticulture New Zealand have welcomed the move.

But they say the focus must be on effective border control, and not on moving international visitors through customs more quickly.