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Improved customs procedures Australia/New Zealand



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EMBARGO 10 a .m. 9 APRIL 1974.

No. 13/74

IMPROVED CUSTOMS PROCEDURES

AUSTRALIA/NEV ZEALAND

Senator the Honourable Lionel Murphy, Q.C., Minister for

Customs and Excise, today announced new measures designed to achieve

streamlined procedures in relation to travel and trade between

Australia and New Zealand„ ·

Senior officers of the Australian and New Zealand Customs

Departments met last week in Wellington to review the problems

associated with the massive growth in passenger and cargo arrivals

in both countries.

These discussions included the possible use of computers to

facilitate cargo clearance and the exchange of information to

improve anti-smuggling techniques, particularly in relation to

drugs.

Senator Murphy announced that he had agreed to set up a

study group to examine means to accelerate the clearance of cargo

traded between Australia and New Zealand. Another study group will

examine the feasibility of carrying out the Customs examination of

passengers before they leave each country.

CANBERRA, A.C.T.

9 April 1974.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION! MR.W. McNAMARA-Telephone 73 2030 or 73 0414 Ext.4 2 0 (Office); or 86 3037 (After Hours)