As a part of the 2022 Wellbeing Budget, The Minister for Food Safety is pleased to announce a $20.3 million investment into modernising New Zealand's trade certification system.
The investment is set to help facilitate and build New Zealand’s global trade reputation, by ensuring exported products meet other countries' requirements and imported products are of a high standard.
“This investment from Budget 2022 helps facilitate New Zealand’s trade with other countries which is deeply important to our economy and the well-being of our communities,” Said Minister for Food Safety, Dr Ayesha Verrall.
“Requiring certification from importing countries also helps protect our borders from unsafe food and unwanted pests and diseases.”
The new modern digital system will provide support across all sectors and replaces the paper system still used in many areas.
”A digital system will ensure we meet businesses and customers' needs for high levels of traceability through the supply chain.”
“Several of our key trading partners, including Australia, China, the European Union, UK and ASEAN markets are already digitising their trade systems to support efficient trading. The new system would help keep pace with developments overseas.”
The food and fibre sector is currently leading New Zealand’s economic recovery, and investment in this infrastructure is part of the Governments ten year road map.