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Combatting modern slavery – proposed new duties across the supply chain

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It is difficult to believe that slavery still exists in today's society, but the unfortunate reality is, it does. Modern slavery and worker exploitation remains in both the domestic and international supply chains and whilst our current laws…

Ship Arrests – How Do They Work?

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This article Appeared in the October 2020 issue of The Shipping Gazette The drama surrounding recent ship arrests in New Zealand has captured the attention of the shipping fraternity here, with several readers emailing me to try and grasp…

UPDATED: The definition of essential goods and the law of unintended consequences…

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Update as at 18 April:   In the original version of this article (below), we highlighted some potential issues with the Government restrictions on freight movements.  The Ministry of Transport has now updated its rules and we have…
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Changes to standard operating procedures for essential transport and logistics businesses

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Essential businesses must take steps to minimise infection risks for their workers – both to comply with Covid-19 Government requirements and existing health and safety law. That means minimising contact, physical distancing, increasing the…

Air New Zealand’s new freight service – a solution?

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New airfreight options With Air New Zealand destined to be providing only domestic passenger services for some time to come (post lockdown), questions have arisen about airfreight since most is carried in the hold of international passenger…
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An update: Exports and imports to/from key markets

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New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) has set up an excellent website gathering the latest updates from its international teams on COVID-19 in key markets and other information for exporters. The site was focussed on China, but now includes…

What are my legal rights if my cargo can’t get to its destination?

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A shipper typically has very few rights, while a forwarder and carrier has a number of options, in these circumstances.   The first point to bear in mind is that, unless a freight forwarder has accepted liability as principal (by…

Is the New Zealand Transport Agency going to become a designated health and safety regulator?

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Following an independent review of the New Zealand Transport Agency's performance, the Government is considering designating the Transport Agency as a regulator under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 (HSWA). Such a move would significantly…

New laws to help drone use take flight

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New Zealand is said to be a ‘world leader’ in the unmanned aircraft (drones) sector due to our good reputation as a safety regulator, our ‘open for business’ mentality and our risk-based regulatory regime. However, with the unique…

2018: Looking back to look forward

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It's been a busy year for our regulators in the transport and supply chain sector. In this final issue of FTD for 2018, we look back at some of the year's highlights and take a peek at what's coming up. Transport funding and Government policy…