28 July 2017

Customs' Statement of Intent sets out our strategic intentions.

Customs protects and promotes New Zealand through world-class border management, and is essential to achieving a strong, more competitive economy.  We operate in an environment of growing trade and travel volumes, increasing risk, and increasing service expectations.  Our Statement of Intent explains the nature and scope of Customs' functions, what we aim to achieve, and our strategy to ensure we are well placed to meet the changing demands at the border.

Getting a license to operate in a Customs Controlled Area (CCA) is essential if you want to manufacture and sell alcohol.

Our staff work closely with new and existing businesses or independent manufacturers to ensure they operate under certain conditions, are licensed, and they have processes in place to record and pay excise on the alcohol they manufacture.

From 1 August 2017 exporters of indigenous timber will need to have a single use permit number to clear their export entries through Customs’ computer system.


The Customs rates of exchange for entries lodged on 14/08/2017 to 27/08/2017 (inclusive) to 28/08/2017 to 10/09/2017 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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