Sea-craft (Vessels) and Seaports
Vessels arriving to New Zealand should arrive at an approved Place of First Arrival (POFA) unless approval to arrive elsewhere has been granted. Notice must be given before arrival of intended port and date and include all the required prearrival information in an Advance Notice of Arrival (ANA). Notice is also required if arrival is made elsewhere or arrival details change.
Arriving vessels undergo either:
- full clearance of risk goods or,
- if ‘coastwise vessels’ calling at POFAs only for short periods, checks for management of onboard risks. (‘Coastwise vessels’ includes most cargo and Passenger vessels.)
- vessel arrivals
- risk management of onboard risks while in New Zealand
- approving and maintaining approval of POFAs
- applying for approval to arrive or offload cargo or disembark passengers at a place other than a POFA
- applying for a temporary POFA
Also relevant forms (declarations, application forms, approval requests etc) for submitting information as required under the biosecurity regime are found under these links.
Page last updated: 18 October 2012