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Maritime Powers Extension Bill

The Maritime Powers Extension Bill will provide the New Zealand Customs Service with an additional option to respond to suspected drug smuggling activities beyond New Zealand’s territorial waters.

The Bill will amend the Customs and Excise Act 2018 to provide a framework for how Customs may stop, board, search, and take necessary enforcement action in international waters. These powers can only be exercised where Customs has reasonable cause to suspect that a drug smuggling offence is being committed and, in the case of foreign ships, the flag State has authorised the exercise of the these powers.

The Bill will also amend the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975 to establish offences relating to drugs smuggling outside New Zealand.

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Regulatory impact statements

Regulatory impact statements are documents prepared by the New Zealand Customs Service. Their purpose is to provide timely analysis of the regulatory and compliance impacts that might be expected from amendments to the Customs and Excise Act, and other associated legislation.

Regulatory impact statements are viewable under the Legal documents section.