3 July 2015

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Increase in excise duties of 3 cents

The excise and excise-equivalent duties on motor spirits has increased by 3 cents from 56.524 cents to 59.524 cents.

The Customs and Excise (Budget Measures – Motor Spirits) Amendment Act 2013 provides for this increase in 2015 and is the last of the three increases.

Increase in excise duties        

The annual adjustment to the excise and excise-equivalent duty rates on alcoholic beverages has taken place from 1 July 2015.

The annual adjustment is based on movements in the consumer prices index less credit services subgroup over the 12-month period to 31 March 2015.

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The new Trade Single Window (TSW) Registration functionality was piloted by five broker companies in March of this year. This functionality allows brokers to apply for client and supplier codes online instead of emailing documents for data input by Customs officers. System tweaks were introduced based on feedback from the pilot partners in June. 

More than 130 brokers and other industry members have now completed training sessions held in Auckland, with sessions also being held in Tauranga, Napier, New Plymouth, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin and Invercargill.

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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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