Legislation used by Customs

A list of legislation that is used here at 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 online.

Principal legislation

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

  • 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
  • Biosecurity Act 1993
  • Chemical Weapons (Prohibition) Act 1996
  • Children, Young Persons & Their Families Act 1989
  • Civil Aviation Act 1990
  • Climate Change Response Act 2002
  • 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
  • Criminal Proceeds (Recovery) Act 2009
  • 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
  • Fisheries Act 1996
  • Food Act 1981
  • Goods and Services Tax Act 1985
  • Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996 
  • Health Act 1956
  • Heavy Engineering Research Levy Act 1978
  • Human Assisted Reproductive Technology Act 2004
  • Immigration Act 2009
  • Imports and Exports (Restrictions) Act 1988
  • International Finance Agreements Act 1961
  • Kiwifruit Industry Restructuring Act 1999
  • Land Transport Act 1998
  • Major Events Management Act 2007
  • 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
  • Motor Vehicles Sales Act 2003
  • New Zealand Horticultural Export Authority Act 1987
  • Ozone Layer Protection Act 1996
  • Passports Act 1992
  • Psychoactive Substances Act 2013
  • Postal Services Act 1998
  • Protected Objects Act 1975
  • Radiation Protection Act 1965
  • Search and Surveillance Act 2012
  • 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
  • United Nations Act 1946
  • Waste Minimisation Act 2008
  • 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
  • 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
  • Ombudsmen Act 1975
  • Privacy Act 1993
  • Public Finance Act 1989
  • State Sector Act 1988.