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This year Customs celebrates its 175th anniversary

Customs is the oldest government department in New Zealand and this year marks its 175th anniversary. The department was established on 5 January 1840.

Important notices

  • Border Clearance Levy consultation

    Customs and the Ministry for Primary Industries invite comment on the new Border Clearance Levy which comes into effect on 1 January 2016. We are looking for comment on, how it’s collected, if the rates should be different for different transport type, and possible exemptions to the levy.

  • Alcohol excise and levy changes on 1 July 2015

    Changes to the alcohol excise duty rates and the HPA levy rate will come into effect on 1 July 2015. Read here to see the new rates.

  • Motor spirits excise and levy changes on 1 July 2015

    Changes to excise duties and the ACC levy on motor spirits come into effect on 1 July 2015. The excise and excise-equivalent duties will increase by 3 cents and the ACC levy will decrease by 3 cents.

  • New biosecurity levy rates from 1 July 2015

    New biosecurity system entry levy rates come into force on 1 July 2015 and these are set out in the Biosecurity (System Entry Levy) Amendment Order 2015.

  • 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.

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Current news stories

  • Truckload of illegal drugs destroyed

    Four hundred kilograms of illegal drugs estimated to be worth around fifty million dollars have been destroyed in a Customs drug disposal operation, marking International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.
  • Four drug couriers arrested at Auckland Airport

    Four drug couriers posing as tourists have appeared in the Manukau District Court this afternoon (22 June 2015), charged with importing and possessing around 11 kilograms of methamphetamine.
  • Have your say on the new Border Clearance Levy

    Consultation on the design and implementation of the new Border Clearance Levy starts today. The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and the New Zealand Customs Service (Customs) are seeking comment on proposed collection methods, rate differences for different transport types, and possible exemptions to the levy.
  • Tourists face long stay in New Zealand jail

    Four Asian tourists are facing life-imprisonment after being caught allegedly trying to smuggle over 12 kilograms of methamphetamine with a street value of around $12 million into the country on Saturday.
  • Pensioner jailed for child sexual abuse images

    A 66-year-old Auckland man caught trading and possessing over 25,000 images and videos of child sexual abuse was sentenced to two years and five months’ imprisonment today.
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