CLIA welcomes biosecurity scheme

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia, has welcomed the New Zealand Government's trial of a new biosecurity accreditation scheme for cruise lines.

The trial, announced by the New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries this week, will reduce the current biosecurity inspections undertaken by NZ Border Clearance Services for accredited cruise lines from November. To become accredited, cruise lines must demonstrate that they have appropriate systems in place to reduce biosecurity risk.  

CLIA Australasia Chairman Steve Odell says the organisation is pleased to have worked with the New Zealand Government on the initiative. ‘The trial means cruise passengers will benefit from more efficient disembarkations and a more positive cruise experience – which will give them

more time to enjoy all that New Zealand has to offer,’ he says. 'The government is right to take a risk-based approach to applying biosecurity checks. Our cruise line members recognise New Zealand’s unique flora and fauna and follow strict procedures to ensure they are protected. CLIA welcomes the opportunity to demonstrate that its members’ procedures minimise the level of biosecurity risk for New Zealand.’

Odell says CLIA hopes a positive outcome from the trial will be taken into account in the next government review of the border clearance levy, which was introduced earlier this year.

The trial coincides with the start of a record New Zealand cruise season, he says. ‘Eighteen CLIA member cruise lines will have a record 33 ships cruising New Zealand waters over the coming months. Between them, the ships will make more than 600 calls to New Zealand ports, so we are looking forward to delivering the economic benefits of cruise tourism to communities around the country.’