Reminder of firearms export restrictions

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Exporters and Customs brokers are reminded that no firearms or ammunition can be exported to the following countries without a permit issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade:

American Samoa 

Federated States of Micronesia

Solomon Islands

Cook Islands


Timor-Leste (East Timor)


New Caledonia


French Polynesia







Papua New Guinea


Marshall Islands


Wallis and Futuna

These controls cover people wanting to take such items with them as accompanying baggage.

The only exception to this relates to people who have been in New Zealand competing in a national or international shooting competition, or who are transiting New Zealand to attend or return from a competition in a third country. These individuals may export their firearms and/or parts which they originally imported with a permit issued by the New Zealand Police. Ammunition/used cartridges relating to these may also be exported without an MFAT permit. It must be noted that the exporter must have their New Zealand Police Import permit available for checking at the time of export.

Further information is available here:

10 July 2015


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.

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You may find the following links useful: 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 or call 09 489 5275 for further information on the courses on offer.

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