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Concerns over ‘backlog’ of business travel requests for crossing warning level borders.

It seems that only half of the businesses that apply for travel between alert level borders have been issued permits.

The new police outpost on the Burlander Hills is moving north from Auckland.

The new police outpost on the Burlander Hills is moving north from Auckland.
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The MBIE says 2,524 businesses have been allowed to travel between Level 3 and 4 borders from today.

But Alan McDonald, a spokesman for the Employers and Manufacturers Association, said that was only half of the applicants.

He worries that there is a backlog when travel is necessary for many firms.

“We’ve heard about 5,000 have applied, so if 2,500 have been processed, it would be a concern if it hasn’t been caught fast enough,” McDonald said.

“It will be a great disappointment for businesses that need to acquire critical and other goods across and across borders.”

Employees who need to cross the alert level can apply for business travel documents if they meet the waiver criteria.

The MBIE Business Travel Register went live on August 29 at 12 midnight.

McDonald said, “We’ve just done the paperwork on behalf of both the MBIE and the police so make sure it’s up to you, you’ve shown it, and the boundaries for each one. Will ensure a smoother transition through. “

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