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BAF Gets Approval For Implementation Of Sea Container Hygiene System (SCHS) In Suva

The New Zealand Ministry of Primary Industries (NZMPI) and the Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) have granted approval for the Sea Container Hygiene System (SCHS) to be
07 Dec 2016 11:00
BAF Gets Approval For Implementation Of Sea Container Hygiene System (SCHS) In Suva

The New Zealand Ministry of Primary Industries (NZMPI) and the Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) have granted approval for the Sea Container Hygiene System (SCHS) to be fully operational at the Suva seaport effective from 1st December, 2016.

The Biosecurity Authority of Fiji (BAF) Executive Chairman Mr Xavier Khan described the implementation of the Sea Container Hygiene System for Suva Port as a huge milestone for Fiji. BAF has been working hard on acquiring SCHS accreditation for its stakeholders, the Container Repair Services (CSR) and United Containers Fiji Limited (UCFL) for the past three years.

The Container Repair Services and United Containers Fiji Limited are the only two SCHS accredited operations in Fiji.

Mr Khan thanked the New Zealand Ministry of Primary Industries (NZ MPI), Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR), Ministry of Public Enterprises (MPE), Fiji Ports Authority and Fiji Ports Corporation Limited, for support and assistance in having Suva Port internationally recognised as being compliant to SCHS system.

He said the SCHS will help BAF better manage biosecurity risks associated with sea containers at the port of loading and also facilitate trade. “While Fiji does not have the Giant African Snails, it is recognised as the GAS Country as GAS has been intercepted on numerous occasions at the Fijian borders,” Mr Khan said.

“However, the SCHS provides a high degree of confidence that the container processing contractors at the port of loading will be adhering to the processes and shipping clean containers which will be free from exotic pest such as GAS and exotic ants.”

Mr Khan said the SCHS has many benefits as it provides a high degree of confidence that the container processing contractors at the port of loading will be adhering to the processes and shipping clean containers.

“These containers, by and large, will not require any additional cleaning or fumigation in the port of arrival. Additionally, as confidence in the cleaning process increases over a period of time there will be reduction in the interventions on arrival inspections of containers too,” he said.

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