Glossary

This glossary contains definitions of terms and acronyms used throughout the site.

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This description was last updated on: Wednesday, 18 May 2011 .

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​This is what you need to obtain a certificate of clearance. An Advance notice of departure (Ships and boats other than small craft) contains information such as departure details of a craft and other supporting information.

Last updated: Wednesday, 03 June 2015

The agreed time-frames for processing import and export transactions are:
  • electronically lodged entries processed within 30 minutes
  • manually lodged entries processed within 24 hours.

Last updated: Friday, 15 April 2011

This is a glossary definition only. For further information you may wish to search for the term Agreed time-frames for processing import and export transactions .

Refer to glossary definition – HPA Levies.

Health Promotion Agency (HPA) is a Crown agent that has taken over the work of the former Alcohol Liquor Advisory Council (ALAC). This means from 1 July 2013, the ALAC levy will be known as the HPA levy.

These are levies imposed under the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Act 2000. Customs collects them on behalf of HPA, a Government agency whose aim is to encourage responsible attitudes to alcohol. Levies are based on alcohol content. Drinks with a higher volume of alcohol contribute a higher proportion to the levy. New rates come into effect every 1 July. Find out more on the HPA website.

http://www.hpa.org.nz/what-we-do/alcohol

Last updated: Thursday, 06 June 2013

This is a glossary definition only. For further information you may wish to search for the term ALAC Levies (Alcoholic Liquor Advisory Council) .

​These are notifications about people, goods or craft who are suspected of border or revenue transgressions.

Last updated: Friday, 15 April 2011

This is a glossary definition only. For further information you may wish to search for the term Alerts .

A charge or tax imposed to offset any advantage or gain that might come from dumping imported goods in New Zealand. Customs collects anti-dumping duties on behalf of the Ministry of Economic Development.

Last updated: Friday, 12 July 2013

Australia New Zealand Closer Economic Relations Trade Agreement. A bilateralreciprocal free trade agreement also known as CER.

Last updated: Thursday, 29 November 2012

​The Agreement between New Zealand and Singapore on a Closer Economic Partnership.

Last updated: Friday, 15 April 2011

This is a glossary definition only. For further information you may wish to search for the term ANZSCEP .

​Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation. A trade grouping of countries on the Pacific Rim that includes the USA and Japan.

Last updated: Friday, 15 April 2011

This is a glossary definition only. For further information you may wish to search for the term APEC .

​Advance Passenger Information.

Last updated: Friday, 15 April 2011

This is a glossary definition only. For further information you may wish to search for the term API .

The following best practice credit management procedures are followed by Customs:

  • potential deferred payment clients will be advised of the terms and conditions of the Service's deferred payment scheme
  • regular credit assessments of all deferred payment account holders will be undertaken
  • clients with overdue payments will be followed up
  • bad debts will be pursued.

Last updated: Friday, 15 April 2011

This is a glossary definition only. For further information you may wish to search for the term Best practice credit management .

​An agreement or arrangement between two parties or countries eg, ANZCERTA with Australia, ANZSCEP with Singapore.

Last updated: Friday, 15 April 2011

This is a glossary definition only. For further information you may wish to search for the term Bilateral agreement .

​The use of complicated algorithmic equations to identify people. By electronically analysing an actual person’s facial features, including eyes and face shape, and comparing them with the corresponding digital information encoded in that individual’s passport, this system can make a 100% accurate match. It is used in SmartGate technology at airports.

Last updated: Friday, 15 April 2011

This is a glossary definition only. For further information you may wish to search for the term Biometric identification .

​The border sector is the name given to the five core government agencies – and associated agencies – collectively responsible for operations at New Zealand’s borders.

Last updated: Thursday, 07 July 2016

​Customs-approved area for storing exports.

Last updated: Friday, 15 April 2011

This is a glossary definition only. For further information you may wish to search for the term CASE .

Customs Controlled Area. Refer CCA.

Last updated: Wednesday, 18 May 2011

​Chief Customs Officer.

Last updated: Friday, 15 April 2011

This is a glossary definition only. For further information you may wish to search for the term CCO .

Documentation needed by commercial aircraft or ships as they leave New Zealand. The information includes details of departure, crew, passengers and cargo.

Last updated: Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Cost Insurance Freight. The valuation method used for the calculation of duty and GST.

Last updated: Friday, 15 April 2011

This is a glossary definition only. For further information you may wish to search for the term CIF .

​Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.

Last updated: Thursday, 20 March 2014

​A unique identification number for importers, exporters and manufacturers. Client codes are only issued to New Zealand entities, such as registered New Zealand companies. The codes are required where import and export shipments are valued in excess of NZ$1,000.

Last updated: Tuesday, 31 May 2016

​Coastwatch is a nationally coordinated, 24-hour hotline to Customs which you can use to report any suspicious border activity to Customs. Call Coastwatch on 0800 4 CUSTOMS (0800 428 786).

Last updated: Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Following an alert, goods will be checked by Customs to ensure their compliance with import and export regulations. All inspections, whether the goods are held or cleared, are registered as compliance checks.

Last updated: Friday, 15 April 2011

This is a glossary definition only. For further information you may wish to search for the term Compliance checks .

The Chief Executive Officer of Customs. The title with its particular spelling is traditional and specific to the New Zealand Customs Service.

Last updated: Friday, 28 October 2016

A contractor’s note containing delivery instructions for a driver.

Last updated: Friday, 15 April 2011

This is a glossary definition only. For further information you may wish to search for the term Con note .

A concession is granted when Customs duty is reduced or removed from goods that would normally be subject to it. Some goods may be admitted free of GST as well.

Last updated: Monday, 08 June 2015