Samoa Manufacturers Group Working To Solve Export Issues

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S.A.M.E. calls for shorter quarantine period in New Zealand

By Jasmine Netzler

APIA, Samoa (Samoa Observer, Dec. 2, 2013) – The Samoa Manufacturers and Exporters Association (S.A.M.E.) has announced it will be working together with the Government of Samoa and the Quarantine office to solve issues currently faced by local businesses exporting to New Zealand.

President of the Association Tagaloa Eddie Wilson confirmed on Friday afternoon during an interview with this newspaper.

There is a need to improve quarantine requirements in New Zealand.

Tagaloa said this improvement would be to shorten the quarantine process period.

Improvement on this issue would solve the plight which often has frustrated local business people exporting to New Zealand.

The problem has been there for some time.

Agricultural products, despite going through quarantine here, arrive at their destination in New Zealand where that country’s Quarantine also want to undergo their procedures of checking again.

Tagaloa said this was a huge cost for local exporters not to mention time consuming.

He said by the time Quarantine in New Zealand completes its checks, the shipment of taro is often spoiled.

"We are trying to find ways to shorten the quarantine process to ease this problem."

S.A.M.E. is also urging government to reconsider the Heat Treatment Plant so as to fumigate produce and products on this end before they are exported overseas.

This was another issue that was faced by local exporters, said Tagaloa.

Many shipments get held back as they need to be fumigated so that there are no problems with fruit flies for example.

With the Samoan and Pacific Island communities in New Zealand wanting our chilli, mangoes and fresh breadfruit, a treatment plant is essential to ensure that our produce does not contain any unwanted or dangerous insects or bugs.

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