12 June 2015

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Trading Standards, a section of the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment, has placed a notification in the New Zealand Gazette (see link below to webpage). It is titled Proposal to Incorporate Material by Reference (BS1970:2012 Hot Water Bottles Manufactured From Rubber and PVC – Specification) Notice 2015. It provides the opportunity to submit comments on the proposal to ADD BS1970:2012 to the unsafe goods notice for hot water bottles.

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This year marks the fifth anniversary of New Zealand’s Free Trade Agreement with ASEAN. To celebrate this and to promote the exciting and growing opportunities in the region, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) is hosting a one day event to highlight the opportunities that exist now, and to explain how New Zealand companies can take advantage of this dynamic region on the back of our Free Trade Agreements in the region.

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The biosecurity system entry levy is charged by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) for security screening of imported goods.

New levy rates come into force on 1 July 2015 and these are set out in the Biosecurity (System Entry Levy) Amendment Order 2015. The rates are summarised as follows:


New rates from 1 July 2015

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​ The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is consulting on introducing an automatic termination period (ATP) into the anti-dumping regime, in addition to a bounded public interest test.  As part of the consultation process, MBIE invites submissions from interested parties on a supplementary discussion paper titled “Introducing a Bounded Public Interest Test and Automatic Termination Period into the Anti-Dumping and Countervailing Duties Regime”.

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Increase in excise duties

The annual adjustment to the excise and excise-equivalent duty rates on alcoholic beverages will take place on 1 July 2015.

The annual adjustment is based on movements in the consumer prices index less credit services subgroup over the 12-month period to 31 March 2015.


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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