EPPO Global Database

EPPO Reporting Service no. 10 - 1993 Num. article: 1993/173

Increased penalties for quarantine violations in New Zealand

The penalties for bringing risk goods into New Zealand without proper biosecurity clearance have been increased dramatically. Any person convicted of knowingly:

- having unauthorized goods (not properly cleared by an inspector);

- buying, selling, exchanging or otherwise disposing of unauthorized goods; or

- tampering with or removing without an inspector's permission seized risk goods

will be liable to imprisonment for up to five years, a fine up to 100 000,- NZD or both. The penalty rises to 200 000,- NZD if a corporation is convicted of any of these offences.


"Clearance of imported risk goods" (1993)
Sentinel No. 32, (1993-09-15), p. 2