Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy and Customs Minister Maurice Williamson launched the Government’s $89 million Joint Border Management System (JBMS) on August 1st.
Importers, exporters, and their agents and brokers, can now submit shipment details electronically to a single point of contact, rather than dealing separately with several government agencies.
“This reduces the duplication of data to border agencies and will speed up processing times,” Mr Guy said.
Customs Minister Maurice Williamson said several pilot partners, responsible for about 60 per cent of all export and import transactions, had played a role in the testing the JBMS.
Mr Williamson said Customs and MPI electronic border systems will be kept running for 18 months, which will allow the cargo industry to choose when to transfer to the new system.