Milestone for container terminal

18:11, Jan 20 2014
Sara Lunam
Port of Tauranga Signing of customs controlled area licence for Timaru Container Terminal are Sara Lunam, left, and Tony Williams, operations manager, border operations, New Zealand Customs Service .

The Timaru Container Terminal has taken an important step towards becoming an independent international operating facility with the signing of the Customs Controlled Area (CCA) licence.

Becoming an independent CCA will mean the company can exercise better control over managing customers' global security arrangements.

Timaru Container Terminal chairperson Sara Lunam said the agreement would give import and export customers greater options to maximise logistic opportunities and achieve seamless cargo transactions. 

''It is important that our export and import customers are provided with viable options to access a wide range of international markets,'' she said.

''The formation of an independent CCA at the Timaru Container Terminal, which builds on our already strong partnership with the New Zealand Customs, represents a significant step in achieving this.'' 

The Timaru Container Terminal is a subsidiary company created when Port of Tauranga purchased a 50 per cent stake in PrimePort Timaru last year and leased the container facilities for up to 35 years.

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