05 June 2015

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Extra Budget funding will help exporters take full advantage of Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) and avoid the risk of costly delays at overseas borders, Customs Minister Nicky Wagner says.

“Exports to China and ASEAN countries have increased significantly in the past four years. This is good for exporters and good for our economy, but as the volume of exports has increased, so too has the number of administrative issues arising at the border,” Ms Wagner says.

The Customs and Excise (Objectionable Materials) Amendment Act 2015 increased the maximum penalty from 5 years to 10 years imprisonment for knowingly importing, exporting, transporting, shipping, an objectionable publication; or conspiring to remove an objectionable publication from a Customs controlled area.

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Increase in excise duties of 3 cents

The excise and excise-equivalent duties on motor spirits will increase by 3 cents from 56.524 cents to 59.524 cents on 1 July 2015.

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The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has advised that the export of waste (end of life) tyres to China and Vietnam is banned. 

Used tyres being exported for re-use on vehicles are not affected by this ban.

This prohibition on export to these two destinations has arisen due to both countries declaring waste tyres to be hazardous waste and banning their importation.  As a signatory to the Basel Convention on the Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Waste, New Zealand is required to prohibit the export to these destinations. 


The Customs rates of exchange for entries lodged on 11/09/2017 to 24/09/2017 (inclusive) to 25/09/2017 to 08/10/2017 (inclusive) are now available here.

The Customs controlled areas are available on the New Zealand Customs Service website.

For information and related forms and documents click here.

For the latest Customs vacancies please visit https://careers.customs.govt.nz

You may find the following links useful:

www.CBAFF.org.nz The Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Federation provides industry sector training, including courses offered through an arrangement with an accredited IATA training provider.

International Transchem Management (ITM), an IATA accredited training provider, also provides dangerous goods training to the freight forwarding industry. Email enrol@itmtraining.co.nz or call 09 489 5275 for further information on the courses on offer.

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