What recent reports has he received on developments to technology at the border?
I bring more great tidings of joy to this House. The New Zealand Customs Service last week signed an agreement with IBM that will start the development of a Joint Border Management System, or JBMS. It will bring together the two border processing systems that were previously run independently by the New Zealand Customs Service and by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. A $75 million appropriation will cover the first stage of the Joint Border Management System development. Stage one will include what is called the trade single window, which will enable exporters, importers and others involved in trade to complete all their border compliance requirements online through a single point of electronic contact.
Bringing these two previously independent systems together will give us more efficiency, allowing for more effective trade, and will improve biosecurity. The Joint Border Management System is designed to significantly improve border processing for New Zealand importers and exporters, and to make the border agencies more effective. The Joint Border Management System will move the agencies away from fragmented, separate processes that result in a duplication of efforts to a far more cohesive system that shares processes, data, and technology between border agencies and between industries.