The main purpose of the New Zealand Customs Service is to stop any possible dangers, hazards and threats entering New Zealand. This includes everything from illegal weapons, objectionable material and drugs, to dangerous persons, hazardous substances and unwanted biological organisms – anything, in fact, that might threaten our people or our livelihood.
Customs also helps to protect and nurture New Zealand’s economic well-being. We collect duties, excise taxes and the goods and services tax (GST) due on imports and exports. We protect New Zealand businesses against illegal trade and copyright rip-offs, and we rigorously enforce import and export restrictions.
As New Zealand’s gatekeepers, Customs uses advanced intelligence-gathering techniques to uncover illegal activity. We have the power to check containers, vessels, baggage, mail, persons or property – whether entering or leaving the country. We also conduct investigations and audits of personal and commercial documents, and the movement of currency and goods.
Customs works closely with a number of other agencies including Ministry for Primary Industries, Immigration, and the New Zealand Defence Force. Customs has the power to prosecute offenders and does not hesitate to use it. The protection of New Zealand’s well-being is our absolute priority.
This detail was last updated on
Wednesday, 30 May 2012