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Drugs in baby grand pianos

Two student flatmates have been sentenced to 3 years and 4 months’ prison for importing Contac NT hidden inside miniature grand pianos.

Important notices

  • Concessions for motor vehicles

    Customs has streamlined its process to make it easier for new migrants or residents returning after an absence of 21 months to import their private motor vehicle without having to pay duty and GST if they qualify for concessionary entry (Concession Reference 80c).

  • New location for Tauranga office

    From Monday, 31 March 2014 our Tauranga office will be located at Harrington House, 32 Harington Street, Tauranga Central. During the shift, on Friday 28 March, please contact the National Call Centre for any urgent enquiries on 0800 4 CUSTOMS (0800 428 786).

  • Border Processing Bill passes its final stages

    Amendments to the Customs and Excise Act to support the implementation of Trade Single Window passed its third and final reading on 20 March.

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Current news stories

  • Collaboration stops drugs from crossing borders

    Collaboration between Hong Kong and New Zealand Customs has stopped millions of dollars worth of drugs coming into New Zealand this year, with a number of seizures and arrests in both countries.
  • Four Taiwanese visitors charged with 11 kg methamphetamine import

    Detectives from the Organised and Financial Crime Agency (OFCANZ) working alongside Customs officers have arrested three men and a woman in relation to the importation and supply of over 11 kilos of crystal methamphetamine. All four people are visitors to New Zealand from Taiwan.
  • Jail instead of Uni

    20-year-old student Benjamen Belmont will be spending several semesters behind bars after he was sentenced to 4 years and 10 months’ imprisonment for the importation and possession for supply of class A and B drugs in Palmerston North District Court today.
  • Young man sentenced for importing objectionable material

    A foreign national has been sentenced in the Manukau District Court today, following his arrest at Auckland International Airport for importing objectionable materials.
  • Cocaine in suitcases leads to four arrests

    A joint operation involving Customs, OFCANZ and Police led to four arrests this week, after 2.5kg of cocaine worth up to $1 million was intercepted at Auckland Airport.
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