12 May 2017


In December 2016, NZ Customs and the General Administration of China Customs (GACC) launched the Joint Electronic Verification System (JEVS). This system sends Certificate of Origin (CoO) information to GACC, which is compared to the Chinese Import Declaration. If all details match, the shipments are cleared with ease and the traders utilise an efficient trade process between both countries. To date, almost 17,000 certificates have been sent to China via JEVS with less than 1% of these requiring follow up enquiries.

Over the past year, many food importers have registered with the Ministry of Primary Industries. That’s great news, as all food importers must be registered by July this year. If that’s you, don’t forget you also need to meet food safety requirements. This includes things like knowing what’s in your food, keeping records of where products come from and go to, and making sure they are labelled correctly.

The Ministry for the Environment (MFE) has opened consultation on proposed technical changes to New Zealand’s Emissions Trading Scheme regulations. This affects certain imported and exported goods.

The regulations are:
• Climate Change (Stationary Energy and Industrial Processes) Regulations 2009
• Climate Change (Other Removal Activities) Regulations 2009
• Climate Change (Unique Emission Factors) Regulations 2013
• Climate Change (Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Levies) Regulations 2013.

A 20-year-old Hong Kong man was sentenced to 15 years and 5 months’ imprisonment in the Auckland High Court on Tuesday (9 May) for importing 176 kilograms of methamphetamine, with a street value of around $176 million, which Customs seized from shipping containers last year. 

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A 34-year-old man who pleaded guilty to the importation and supply of cocaine has today (9 May 2017) been sentenced in the Christchurch High Court.

Lee Dixon pleaded guilty to importing cocaine into Christchurch between late 2014 and mid-2015 and has today been sentenced to 14-and-a-half year’s imprisonment.

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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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