Customs’ role in managing the border includes a responsibility to enforce, or assist in the enforcement of, a wide range of import and export prohibitions and restrictions on behalf of a number of government departments and agencies.
These prohibitions and restrictions have been introduced over time to protect the community, environment and economy of New Zealand, and to enable us to comply with our international agreements and obligations.
The prohibitions and restrictions come under the Customs and Excise Act 1996, or legislation administered by the government department responsible for particular controls.
This section is a guide to the range of goods that are subject to an import or export prohibition in New Zealand. For further information see the attached pages and fact sheets