The nation touts success of preventing widespread community transmissions as they move down to Alert Level 3.

MEASURES

  • On 28 April, New Zealand moved down from Alert Level 4 (Lockdown) to two weeks of Alert Level 3 (Restrict).
  • Under Alert Level 3, businesses can re-open if they are able to provide contactless engagement with customers. However, bars, restaurants, shopping malls and any business involving close public contact remain closed.
  • While limitations on non-essential movement has eased up, social distancing rules still apply and public venues remain closed.
  • Price moratoriums has been put in place for all supplies to prevent price hike on essential goods during this period.

IMPACT ON FOOD SUPPLY CHAIN

  • Food exports have grown for the nation as other countries have begun to reassess their food security and secure domestic supplies.
  • There are growing concerns that the government is overstepping their domain as authorities have gained greater access to power during the nation’s COVID-19 response. For example, the MoH and Ministry of Industries, who are now more involved in the food supply, are attempting to intervene with how supermarkets run their operations.
  • Shortage-surplus complex: Certain food supplies such as rice, are struggling with the increase in demand and suppliers are in discussion with supermarkets on price shifts, particularly with imported products. On the other hand, COVID-19 is exacerbating food waste problems, whereby farmers are forced to discard unprecedented amounts of food surplus due to limited processing capacity and a decrease in demand.

FIA RECOMMENDATIONS/ACTIONS

  • FIA continues to work closely with the New Zealand Food and Grocery Council and its other industry partners in the region to ensure that industry and government work in collaboration to ensure uninterrupted supply chains during such a crisis, whilst halting discussions on policies that may distract from addressing immediate COVID-19-related issues.