Legislation used by Customs

The New Zealand Legislation website provides free public access to unofficial versions of all New Zealand's statutes and regulations. The following Customs-related legislation can be easily accessed by linking to that site.

Principal legislation

Used by New Zealand Customs Service to take actions for border management and protection purposes.

Alcohol Advisory Council Act 1976
Animal Products Act 1999
Animal Welfare Act 1999
Anti-money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act 2009
Anti-personnel Mines Prohibition Act 1998
Arms Act 1983 Chemical Weapons (Prohibition) Act 1996
Children, Young Persons & Their Families Act 1989
Cluster Munitions Prohibition Act 2009
Commerce Act 1986
Companies Act 1993
Conservation Act 1987
Consular Privileges and Immunities Act 1971
Copyright Act 1994
Crimes Act 1961
Customs and Excise Act 1996 (also Customs Act 1908 for limited actions)
Dairy Industry Restructuring Act 2001
Diplomatic Privileges and Immunities Act 1968
Dog Control Act 1996
Dumping and Countervailing Duties Act 1988
Evidence Act 2006
Fair Trading Act 1986
Films, Videos, and Publications Classification Act 1993
Food Act 2014
Forests Act 1949
Goods and Services Tax Act 1985
Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996
Heavy Engineering Research Levy Act 1978
Human Assisted Reproductive Technology Act 2004
Immigration Act 2009
Imports and Exports (Restrictions) Act 1988
Kiwifruit Industry Restructuring Act 1999
Land Transport Act 1998
Marine Mammals Protection Act 1978
Maritime Security Act 2004
Maritime Transport Act 1994
Meat Board Act 2004 Medicines Act 1981
Mercantile Law Act 1908
Misuse of Drugs Act 1975
New Zealand Horticultural Export Authority Act 1987
Ozone Layer Protection Act 1996
Passports Act 1992
Postal Services Act 1998
Protected Objects Act 1975
Radiation Protection Act 1965
Smoke-free Environments Act 1990
Statistics Act 1975
Summary Proceedings Act 1957
Tariff Act 1988
Temporary Safeguard Authorities Act 1987
Terrorism Suppression Act 2002
Trade in Endangered Species Act 1989
Trade Marks Act 2002
Transit New Zealand Act 1989
United Nations Act 1946
Wildlife Act 1953
Wine Act 2003

Other relevant border protection legislation

New Zealand Customs Service assists other agencies to enforce this legislation.

Aviation Crimes Act 1972
Biosecurity Act 1993
Civil Aviation Act 1990
Cook Islands Act 1915
Fisheries Act 1996
Health Act 1956
International Finance Agreements Act 1961
Motor Vehicles Sales Act 2003
Niue Act 1966
Ship Registration Act 1992

Legislation applicable to New Zealand Customs Service as a public sector agency

New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990
Official Information Act 1982
Privacy Act 1993
Public Finance Act 1989
State Sector Act 1988 

This description was last updated on: Tuesday, 01 March 2016