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Duty free tobacco limits fall on 1 November 2014

From 1 November the duty free limit for tobacco drops from 200 to 50 cigarettes or 50 grams of cigars and tobacco products and the gift concession disappears.

Important notices

  • Summary of multi-agency review of Phillip Traynor (aka Phillip Smith) incident

    A multi-agency review on the escape of Phillip Smith to South America has submitted its initial report to the Government on 18 December 2014. The report was prepared by the Ministry of Justice, Department of Corrections, New Zealand Police, New Zealand Customs Service, Department of Internal Affairs and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. The review was led by the Ministry of Justice.

  • Christmas hours and processes

    Note the following changes to Customs' hours and processes over the summer period. This relates to public counters, out-of-hours clearance, mail and cargo clearance, and the deferred payment scheme.

  • Pay Customs online by credit card

    You can now use your Visa or MasterCard to pay your Customs charges online. Just make sure you have your invoice or entry number handy.

  • New excise duties rates for tobacco and tobacco products from 1 January 2015

    The annual indexation increase and ten percent increase to excise and excise-equivalent duty rates for tobacco and tobacco products will take place on 1 January 2015.

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