19 June 2015

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The Minister of Consumer Affairs has gazetted the new Unsafe Goods (Hot Water Bottles) Notice 2015.  This Notice came into effect 18 June 2015. The previous hot water bottles notice has been revoked. The new Notice ADDS  BS1970:2012 to the cited standards to which hot water bottles may be tested. The new Notice also allows an exemption from testing compliance with Clause 8.1 of BS1970:2012, but makes explicit that all other tests and criteria specified in the standard must be met for the hot water bottle’s design type.

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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.

A pictyre of Customs Minister Nicky Wagner

Customs Minister Nicky Wagner says meetings with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (USCBP), and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), to discuss border interests and supply chain security, have reinforced Customs strong working relationship with its U.S. counterparts.

“The constructive relationship New Zealand Customs enjoys with USCBP and ICE has increased our border security and supports exporters through our Secure Exports Scheme,” Ms Wagner says.

New Zealand's Parliament building The Beehive

The Government announced at Budget the introduction of a Border Clearance Levy to recover the cost of border clearance activities for travellers (passengers and crew).

Customs and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) are seeking comment on the design, implementation and level of the new border clearance levy, how it’s collected, if the rates should be different for different transport type, and possible exemptions to the levy.


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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