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Biosecurity Warns On Non-compliance Of Import Regulations

The Biosecurity Authority of Fiji (BAF) yesterday issued a warning that BAF will take stringent action against all non-compliance of the biosecurity regulations under the Biosecurity Promulgation 2008. Authority executive
10 Jan 2015 13:13
Biosecurity Warns On Non-compliance Of Import Regulations
Xavier Riyaz Khan.

The Biosecurity Authority of Fiji (BAF) yesterday issued a warning that BAF will take stringent action against all non-compliance of the biosecurity regulations under the Biosecurity Promulgation 2008.

Authority executive chairman Xavier Riyaz Khan said there were some people who deliberately resisted compliance to biosecurity regulations to gain benefit or advantage for themselves.

Mr Khan warned that any deliberate non-compliance of the biosecurity regulations will not be tolerated and will be dealt with severely by BAF using the law.

“Over the past year we have found some importers breaching conditions of their Import Permit by importing illegal products and trying to defraud BAF. There are a number of international passengers who continue to breach biosecurity regulations by bringing in prohibited items with them despite being alerted through the biosecurity inflight video,” he said.

“I would like to warn that BAF will examine all instances of suspected fraud or breach biosecurity regulations, and where necessary will investigate and if sufficient evidences exist, refer matters for criminal prosecution.”

Mr Khan said the BAF’s role was to safeguard Fiji’s animal and plant health status to maintain overseas markets and protect the economy and environment from the impact of exotic pests and diseases.

He said the biosecurity laws of Fiji would not be bent or broken for anyone because the potential risks were very high.

“BAF also recognises that sometimes people make mistakes and will help them avoid future errors.”

Mr Khan encouraged contributions from the general public on any non-compliance with biosecurity laws and requirements adding that members of the public can call on 3312512 or short code 5994 or email on info@baf.com.fj.




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