by Brittany Tofinchio Palmer and Marina Stinely
The New Zealand Government adopted an Imports and Exports Prohibition Order for 2016 on Asbestos-containing products. The Order was made pursuant to section 3 of the Imports and Exports (Restrictions) Act of 1988. The New Zealand Ministry for the Environment created a regulatory impact statement to help the Government in making a decision on issuing the Order.
The Order prohibits the importation of goods that contain asbestos into New Zealand. There are exceptions to the prohibition if the importation is authorized by a permit from the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) or if the products are being transshipped through New Zealand and remain under the control of Customs. The Order allows the EPA to grant permits on condition and require application and assessment fees. The Order came into force on October 1, 2016.