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11 July 2019

Some interesting border interceptions caught our eye in the latest edition of Biosecurity New Zealand’s Border Space newsletter (which you can subscribe to here) ....

·         Ghost busting fine: Ghost busting was the reason given by an arriving passenger at Auckland Airport for nearly 1kg of limes detected during a baggage search. She intended to hang them in her room to ward off ghosts. The limes were bundled into yellow cloth with string and had apparently been blessed at a temple. The passenger said she did not regard the limes as food, so did not declare them, resulting in a $400 fine.

·         Mango tree in the post: An international parcel declared as a decoration turned out to be a live mango tree, complete with its own family of scale insects. A Biosecurity New Zealand officer detected the falsely declared parcel (from Thailand) on the x-ray belt at the International Mail Centre.

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