New excise duties rates for tobacco and tobacco products from 1 January 2016 2/12/2015

​The annual indexation increase to excise and excise-equivalent duty rates for tobacco and tobacco products, together with a separate 10 percent increase as required by the Customs and Excise Act 1996, will take place on 1 January 2016.

The annual indexation increase is based on the movement in the All Groups Consumers Price Index (excluding credit services) over the 12-month period to 30 September 2015.

In addition to the annual indexation increase, the duty rates are also increased by 10 percent. This is the last of the four 10 percent increases legislated for in 2012.

The new rates are those set out in the Excise and Excise-equivalent Duties Table (Tobacco Products Indexation and Separate 10% Increase) Amendment Order 2015.

The new rates are summarised as:

​Tobacco product 
​Rate of excise and excise-equivalent duty from 1 January 2016
​Manufactured cigarettes:
 
•  exceeding in weight 0.8kg actual tobacco content per 1,000 cigarettes
 
•  not exceeding in weight 0.8kg actual tobacco content per 1,000 cigarettes 
 
 
$952.62 per kilo tobacco content (KTC)
 
$668.51 per 1,000 cigarettes
​Smoking tobacco, homogenised or reconstituted tobacco
$952.62 per kilo tobacco content (KTC)
​Other tobacco products, eg, snuff, cigars, cheroots and cigarillos 
​$835.61 per kilo tobacco content (KTC)


Tobacco and tobacco products removed from a licensed manufacturing area or imported after midnight on 31 December 2015 will be subject to the new rates.

If you need further information, please contact Customs on 0800 428 786 (0800 4 CUSTOMS).

This page was last updated on: Wednesday, 02 December 2015 .

Important notices & updates - New excise duties rates for tobacco and tobacco products from 1 January 2016