New Fumo Certs In NZ

New Zealand is moving to a new Phytosanitary Certificate system, with a transition period ending on August 31.

The new system will be in full swing on September 1 and means a more security-conscious system.

Phytosanitary Certificates...also known more informally here as Fumigation Certificates...are issued to indicate that specific consignments - such as plants and plant propducts - meet specific requirements.

The New Zealand Government says an ``ePhyto'' system will replace the old one.

ePhyto means the certificates will have a new format, with added security features.

The certificates will be printed on special security paper, with the official Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) logo watermarked in the background and the official New Zealand Government brand on the certificate.

AQIS here recommends that importers be in touch with their overseas suppliers to ensure that they are provided with the new certificates for any plant or plant products.

AQIS says it will continue to ensure that documents are authentic and the information provided on them comples with the minimum standards,

Source: Customs Brokers & Forwarders Council of Australia

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