Modernising the legislation
In 2013, Customs embarked on a process of modernising our legislation.
Following a public consultation process and a lot of input from our customers, a Customs and Excise Bill was introduced into Parliament in late 2016. The Bill passed its second reading on 5 December 2017 and the next stage will be the Committee of the whole House debate.
After the Committee of the Whole House stage the Bill will go for its third reading after which it can be signed by the Governor General (this is called Royal Assent). At this point, the Bill becomes an Act. Currently most of the provisions in the new Act are scheduled to come into effect on 1 April 2018 or six months after the date of Royal Assent, whichever is later.
New Regulations for alcohol and tobacco came into force in February 2017
About the Customs and Excise Bill
The new Bill:
- modernises the current Act so that it is ‘fit for purpose’ for our present and future operating environment
- addresses some of the known pain-points generated under the current Act
- introduces some new services.
An implementation programme is underway to ensure that the changes contained in the Bill are progressed at the same time as the Bill. This will ensure we are ready to implement the new Act as soon as it comes into effect.
We are working with stakeholders to inform the guidance and information resources to help customers understand the changes, what they mean, and what they may need to do. Regulations and Rules are also being developed to support the implementation of the Bill.
If you have specific questions about the review, or any of the decisions made, please contact the Implementation Team at CustomsActImplementation@customs.govt.nz.
- A summary of the changes in the legislation and what they mean (PDF 357 KB)
- The report from the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee (including a copy of the current Bill)
- The Cabinet papers and Regulatory Impact Statements and the submissions (some have been withheld, in whole or in part, at the request of the submitter)
- A summary of the submissions (PDF 3 MB)
- The Customs and Excise Act Review Discussion Paper 2015 (PDF 4.6 MB)
- The 2013 Cabinet paper proposing the review and the Decision and issues paper referred to in the Cabinet paper
- The Customs and Excise Act 1996.