The Customs and Excise Bill has been reported back to Parliament by the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee, and the Second Reading of the Bill is expected by the end of May.
19 May 2017
The Minister for the Environment has announced consultation on New Zealand’s phase down of hydrofluorocarbons, which are greenhouse gases. New Zealand supported the world’s agreement (the Kigali Amendment) to phase down HFCs worldwide last year and consultation is now underway on how this agreement can be implemented.
The consultation document is available on the Ministry for the Environment’s website.
Increased levels of trade pressure on Dalbergia spp (rosewood) have been recognised by the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). As a result, CITES Appendix II listed rosewood specimens including finished products being imported into, and re-exported out of New Zealand from 26 February 2017, require either a CITES Export/Re-export permit or a Pre-Convention Certificate*. Examples of specimens containing rosewood include musical instruments, furniture, carvings and flooring.
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.
The Customs rates of exchange for entries lodged on 25/09/2017 to 08/10/2017 (inclusive) to 09/10/2017 to 22/10/2017 (inclusive) are now available here.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 09 489 5275 for further information on the courses on offer.
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