21 April 2017


The Export Controls group at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade will now validate International Import Certificates (IICs) for New Zealand importers importing strategic goods, where an IIC is specifically required by the country of export. Please note these are only for goods on the New Zealand Strategic Goods List and IICs do not constitute a legal approval to import where such approvals are required, for example restricted firearms.

Getting to grips with Customs tradecraft, legislation, culture, and acronyms is a lot to take on. Customs’ new recruits complete an intensive training course designed to support world-class border management. We’re looking forward to welcoming a group of 28 Customs officers when the current cohort graduate in Auckland on 19 May.

The Custom Import Prohibition (High-power Laser Pointers) Order 2017 restricts the importation of high-power laser pointers to those people who have obtained authorisation to import them from the Director-General of Health.


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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