26 MAY 2017


United Nations Sanctions (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) Regulations 2017 came into effect on 18 May.  Brokers are asked to take particular care with their entries to ensure correct country of origin, to avoid delays which may be caused by miscoding.

Particular attention should be paid to the obligation on importers and exporters to present to Customs for inspection all goods which have originated in DPRK or are destined for DPRK.

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.

Increased levels of trade pressure onDalbergia 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 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.

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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