Border sector

Five main government agencies operate at the border – the New Zealand Customs Service, the Ministry for Primary Industries, Immigration New Zealand, the Ministry of Transport, and the Department of Internal Affairs. 

With the participation of almost 20 other associated agencies, they work to prevent the traffic of prohibited goods and materials in and out of the country.

They also collect government revenue, promote travel and trade, support New Zealand’s national interests, and uphold international laws and agreements.

Now, as the border sector grows more complex and volumes of goods and travellers increase, a new era of inter-agency collaboration aims for more control, easier flows, and greater efficiency. 

Information about the Trade Single Window, including Message Implementation Guidelines (MIGs) has moved to a new section of the website.

Within this section

  • Future directions for the border sector

    'Future Direction for the Border Sector' is a programme that will look at options for how the border agencies can operate together more effectively.

  • Streamlining trans-Tasman travel

    The introduction of new hi-tech passport and biosecurity control systems will streamline and speed up the border processing of trans-Tasman travellers.​

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