Passenger Biosecurity Survey

MPI has released the results of a survey carried out earlier this year, to check its effectiveness at preventing international air passengers from bringing in goods with a high chance of damaging New Zealand’s biosecurity.

It reports that its overall result across all risk goods has improved.

The survey, conducted at Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington airports between 6 May and 21 June, involved checking some 6800 passengers to see if they were carrying goods that pose a biosecurity risk after passing through airport checks.

The survey showed 98.8 percent of passengers who had been through checks were not carrying medium or high-risk goods, including materials that may host fruit fly or serious animal diseases.

The overall compliance result for all risk goods was 96.9 percent. MPI’s target is 98.5 percent.

MPI’s Border Clearance Services Director, Steve Gilbert said the shortfall was mostly due to low-risk items like used equipment, such as footwear contaminated with blades of grass getting past border checks. Last year’s result was 95.3 percent.

The survey report is available at http://www.mpi.govt.nz/Default.aspx?TabId=126&id=1996