Departure charges

There are currently no Customs charges for travellers going out of New Zealand. 

Departure taxes are imposed at some airports and may already have been built into your ticket price. You should check for any charges with your travel agent. 

When you leave New Zealand there are only a few charges that you may incur for goods you might be sending out of the country. 

If you are shipping or freighting goods such as personal effects, gifts, unaccompanied baggage and pets, they will need to be cleared by Customs. Goods under $NZ1,000 can be cleared by electronic cargo information. Goods over this amount will need to use an export entry clearance. 

Shipping companies or freight forwarders usually do this clearance on your behalf and add it to your fee; so you may not need to worry about submitting it yourself.  The only thing you might need to do is itemise correctly the goods you are sending.  

If you do clear your goods with us personally, find out how much the appropriate clearance will be at Customs charges, duties and allowances

This description was last updated on: Friday, 09 March 2012

Detailed information related to Departure charges

A Border Clearance Levy was introduced on 1 January 2016 by the New Zealand Government to fund border clearance activities to help keep New Zealand safe from harmful pests, people and dangerous substances, and maintain current levels of service.

The levy includes GST and is paid by each person arriving and departing New Zealand:

​Arriving by:

  • air or sea          $18.21
  • cruise vessel   $22.66

Departing by:

  • air or sea          $3.37
  • cruise vessel   $3.57

The levy is higher for cruise travel due to additional biosecurity risk assessments for cruise vessels.

The levy is payable by:

  • every passenger travelling on a commercial aircraft or cruise vessel
  • everyone on-board a private aircraft or yacht, including all crew members
  • all re-positioning commercial air crew.

Exemptions from the levy include:

  • children under two years old
  • transit passengers (who do not clear NZ Customs)
  • commercial passenger aircraft and cruise ship crew members
  • anyone who purchased and fully paid for their ticket before 1 January 2016 for travel in 2016
  • Military, diplomatic staff, government crisis workers, and mercantile crew and passengers. 

Further information

Visit the section about the Border Clearance Levy.

This detail was last updated on Wednesday, 27 January 2016

When exporting goods, depending on how you clear them, the following charges will apply:

This detail was last updated on Friday, 09 March 2012

An export entry transaction fee of NZ$12.01 (GST inclusive) is payable on every export entry for goods exported under an approved secure exports scheme.

An export entry transaction fee of NZ$17.94 (GST inclusive) is payable on every export entry for goods not exported under an approved secure exports scheme.

This detail was last updated on Wednesday, 31 July 2013

​An outward cargo transaction fee of NZ$11.51 (GST inclusive) is payable on every electronic cargo information declaration (ECI) for goods exported by air.

An outward cargo transaction fee of NZ$28.83 (GST inclusive) is payable on every electronic cargo information declaration (ECI) for goods exported by sea.

This detail was last updated on Wednesday, 31 July 2013

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