9 June 2017


​Nine detector dog teams bound for Wellington, Auckland and Fiji have graduated from the Royal New Zealand Police College’s Dog Training Centre.

The addition of three new dogs boosts the New Zealand Customs Service’s detector dog capability to 14 teams, with 10 located in Auckland and the remainder split between Wellington and Christchurch.

By now, any businesses who import food should have applied to register for the new Food Act or identified a registered food importer to do it for them. If you haven’t yet applied, please register before 30 June – this is the last deadline for registering, before you’ll be followed up. If you have any questions please email: approvals@mpi.govt.nz or phone 0800 008 333 (ask for approvals) or 04 894 2550.

The annual adjustment to the levy rates on alcoholic beverages will take place on 1 July 2017.

The new rates are contained in the New Zealand Public Health and Disability (Health Promotion Agency Levy) Order 2017.

The new HPA rates are:

The Office of Ethnic Communities, part of the Department of Internal Affairs, is hosting this year’s Ethnic People in Commerce (EPIC) NZ conference on Friday 30 June at the Sky City Convention Centre, Auckland. Diversity is a reality for New Zealand – is your business ready to unlock its benefits?

EPIC NZ is an annual conference which celebrates the strength of New Zealand's growing and diverse business community, and has previously been attended by more than 300 people each year.


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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