26 June 2015

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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

Biosecurity system entry levy on import entries

$17.37 ($19.98 including GST)

Biosecurity system entry levy on inward cargo reports (air and sea)

$13.15 ($15.12 including GST)

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Four drug couriers posing as tourists appeared in the Manukau District Court on Monday, charged with importing and possessing around 11 kilograms of methamphetamine.

Customs stopped the individuals on arrival at Auckland International Airport and found a white crystalline substance believed to be methamphetamine hidden in their suitcases.

The two males and two females, in their late twenties to late thirties, are remanded in custody until their next court appearance in July. Investigations are continuing.

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Four hundred kilograms of illegal drugs estimated to be worth around fifty million dollars have been destroyed in a Customs drug disposal operation, marking International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.

The truckload of drugs destroyed in yesterday’s operation included methamphetamine and its precursors, cocaine, GBL, ecstasy, cannabis, white powder psychoactive substances, and synthetic cannabinoids.

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Customs Minister Nicky Wagner says Customs has destroyed over 2.5 tonnes of abandoned tobacco and collected $1.35 million in additional duty and taxes since the drop in tobacco duty free limits last November.

“People seem to be learning about the change. The amount of tobacco abandoned at airports by those not wanting to pay duty is dropping from the 100 kilograms Customs was initially collecting every week,” Ms Wagner says.

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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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