10 July 2015

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The Ministry of Health has recently updated their website in respect of electronic e-cigarettes.

This is in particular regard to The Medicines Act 1981 (Medicines Act) and the Smoke-free Environments Act 1990 (SFEA) regulating the sale, advertising and use of e-cigarettes and the liquids used in e-cigarettes.

Under The Medicines Act and the SFEA, people can import nicotine-containing e-cigarette products for their own use only. This is generally considered to be up to a 3 months' supply. These imported products cannot be supplied, sold or be given away to anyone else.

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Exporters and Customs brokers are reminded that no firearms or ammunition can be exported to the following countries without a permit issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade:

American Samoa 

Federated States of Micronesia

Solomon Islands

Cook Islands


Timor-Leste (East Timor)


New Caledonia


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The first week of the school holidays was the second highest week on record with 82,748  passengers successfully using SmartGate. The busiest week with over 84,000 passengers occurred during the traditional summer peak earlier this year.

Since lowering the eligible age to 12 years, more families have using been using SmartGate and we expect to see these numbers increase as all New Zealanders and Australians will have ePassports by the end of the year.

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New Zealand Customs Service is launching its annual goods client survey. This helps us to continually improve our service delivery at the border and our customers’ experience.

People who have had goods cross the border within the last 12 months, have been randomly selected to answer some questions on their experience of the service provided by Customs. This may have included having internet purchases delivered from overseas, paying GST and/or duty on imported goods, moving personal effects in or out of the country, importing or exporting goods, or acting in a customs broker role.

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Police are appealing for information about anyone involved in the use of cocaine in the Canterbury region as part of an ongoing investigation into the importation of the Class A drug.

Three people were arrested in Christchurch last week as part of Operation Hook, a joint Police and Customs investigation.

“Cocaine is a highly addictive drug and causes a concerning level of harm in our communities,” says Detective Inspector Stu Graham.


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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