All goods brought into New Zealand for business or commercial use need to be cleared by submitting an “import entry” or Electronic Cargo Information (ECI). In most cases clearance is undertaken by a Customs broker on your behalf. Most freight or fast courier companies have in-house brokers who can undertake this clearance for you, and New Zealand Post Ltd can clear goods sent via the mail system.
There are two types of clearances:
The import entry clearance requires you as the importer (or the broker acting on your behalf) to provide us with detailed information about your goods. From this information we can determine any customs charges payable as well as any security or quarantine procedures that may need to be undertaken.
Brokers submit clearances electronically via Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), or over the internet using TSW Online (www.tsw.govt.nz) or a third party provider.
Clearances can only be submitted by registered customs brokers, or by importers who are qualified to compile an import entry and have the necessary Customs Declarant code to do so. More information on this can be found in the JBMS Fact Sheet: Applying to be a TSW registered user.
If your goods are valued at NZ$1,000 or more, you will need a client code and the supplier code of the sender of the goods. These are unique numbers that identify you as the importer, and also the supplier.
The import entry clearance requires the broker acting on your behalf to provide us with detailed information about your goods. This information is used to determine any customs charges payable as well as security or quarantine requirements that may need to be undertaken.
The import entry clearance is a legally binding document and needs to be accurately completed. Entries that contain errors or omissions may result in administrative (financial) penalties or legal action. Consult with your broker beforehand to find out what information they need.
Your import entry clearance must be lodged within 20 days of the arrival of your goods in New Zealand. To minimise any delays after the arrival of your goods, your broker may also lodge the documentation in advance.
Once your importation is cleared your broker will notify you.