Minister of Transport makes it clear: There is no prohibition on unpacking containers with non-essential goods during lock-down
Epidemic Response Committee Meeting Minutes Wednesday 01st April
Question: David Seymour asks Twyford about containers that are not being unloaded if they don't contain essential goods. He says this is bringing down the whole system as they are taking up space needed at a cost to logistics firms.
Answer: Phil Twyford says there is no rule against containers being unloaded with non-essential goods, despite some "unhelpful" reporting on this.
He makes absolutely clear that anything needed to get containers out of port that are essential would itself be essential.
It's the rest of the logistics industry for non-essential goods that is not.
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Dated: Tues 31st March
Port Constipation Predicted
Read News Article HERE.
The Road Transport Forum are bang-on in their summation in the above article.
Ports need to get full containers with non-essential goods off the port, but if there's nobody at the receiving end at work, where do you put them?
More-ever who arbitrates what is essential or not?
Is farm machinery less worthy than toilet paper?
What about a container with toilet paper, farm equipment, board games and gym gear?
And if there's just 1 container in 100 with products the country now deperately needs hitting our shores.
What's going to happen to the other 99%?
Can were expect port workers etc. to pull that one priority container from the growing stack?
Everything arriving into N.Z Ports over the next four weeks was after-all ordered months ago.
When Wuhan Flu was someone elses problem.
Will importers want to pay G.S.T on a container-load of products they can’t access or get to the market?
Where are these massive holding yards that are both a secure Customs Bonded Area & Approved MPI Transitional Facility?
Not well thought out there Minister of Transport, Phil Twyford.
This won't be a case of mild constipation either!
Up-Date: Finance Minister Grant Robertson verbally stated (Friday 27th March) businesses will be able to open their warehouses to receive incoming shipments of non-essential goods to alleviate congestion. Subsequent to this statement nothing has been definitively stated by the Government confirming this relaxation as at Tuesday 31st.
Up-Date # 2: Refer our news article dated 02nd April in which David Seymour finally gets Phil Twyford (Minister of Transport) to clarify the position of the logistics industry/importers when it came to unloading containers with non-essential products.
Article Posted: Thursday 26th March