Silver Fern Farms chief operations officer Kevin Winders looks on as Customs controller Carolyn Tremain signs an agreement between the two organisations. Photo by Gerard O'Brien.
Joining New Zealand Customs' Secure Export Scheme will bring
efficiencies to Silver Fern Farms and certainty for its
international customers, chief operations officer Kevin
Customs controller Carolyn Tremain recently met Mr Winders at
the company's Dunedin head office to present him with a
partnership certificate for joining the scheme.
The scheme - a voluntary agreement between Customs and
exporters - was a ''world-leading'' programme that met global
supply chain security standards and aimed to make the
international trade of legitimate goods easier, Ms Tremain
The partnership with Silver Fern Farms showed Customs' high
level of confidence in the security of the company's supply
Silver Fern Farms would be recognised as a ''trusted trader''
in countries that shared mutual recognition arrangements -
the United States, Japan and the Republic of Korea, she said.
Mr Winders said joining the scheme was a ''good step'' for
the business, as it had refined processes through its chain
of care, which would make exporting easier.
''Working with Customs in this partnership means we can
demonstrate to our international trading partners that we are
committed to ensuring the integrity and security of the goods
we provide them,'' he said.
Exporters approved for the scheme provided Customs with risk
management plans that assured their goods were packed and
transported securely to the place of shipment without
Containers were secured with a Customs-approved seal, to show
they could be considered secure by other overseas customs
It meant less trouble and fewer delays. Being able to
fast-track products with a finite shelf-life, such as meat,
was great, Mr Winders said.
Food safety was of paramount importance to the company and it
also meant that when the product left its plants in
containers, that integrity of the supply chain all the way
through the market was ensured.
It had taken 12 months to work through each plant site and
meet Customs' requirements and it was good to have completed
the process, he said.
• The Secure Exports Scheme was launched in July 2004, and
includes 121 companies covering a ''significant proportion''
of New Zealand's exports, a Customs spokeswoman said