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Reminder: Classification of vaping devices and similar
Due to the high number of errors detected recently, importers and their agents are reminded that as of 01 January 2022 multi-use vaping devices and electronic cigarettes are now specifically classified under 8543.40.00.00E “Electronic cigarettes and similar personal electric vaporising devices”.
Cancellation of Import Entries for the purpose of changing the payment method is not permitted
Customs would like to remind importers and their agents that the Customs (Import Entry WCO Message) Rules 2013 (“Rules”), reflective of the Customs and Excise Regulations 1996, do not permit the payment type to be amended once the entry has passed.
Secure Trade Lane – Project Update
NZ Customs has been working with Australian Border Force (ABF) under the Secure Trade Lane (STL) banner since 2016 to identify opportunities to make cargo clearances more efficient for traders. Earlier this year we initiated an internal review of the STL project to determine whether it should be continued in its current form, and what specific concepts may be worth pursuing.
Draft public guidance on voluntary disclosures available for comment
Customs periodically issues public interpretive guidance as part of our administration of the Customs and Excise Act 2018. The purpose of the guidance is to educate and inform stakeholders how Customs interprets and applies certain parts of the Act.
Reduction of excise duty rates for motor spirits removed - return to full rate on 1 July 2023
The Government has put the necessary legislative change in place to remove the reduction of excise and excise-equivalent duty rate on motor spirits. The excise and excise-equivalent duty rate will increase to 70.024¢ plus 8¢ per g of Pb (full rates) on 1 July 2023.
"Luxury goods” import and export ban
Importers, exporters and their agents are reminded that from 4 November a wide range of goods of any origin have been prohibited from export to the Russian Federation, or from import to New Zealand if their country of origin was the Russian Federation.
Rules of Origin - 2022 versions now published
Rules of origin under New Zealand’s free trade agreements (FTAs) and closer economic partnership agreements (CEPs) establish the manufacturing or value thresholds required to qualify for the preferential tariff treatment offered under those agreements.
Exporting New Zealand Grape Wine Direct To Consumer (DTC)
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has introduced regulatory changes that permit wine with approved export eligibility to be exported in individual consignments of up to 27 litres “Direct to Consumer” (DTC) without an export eligibility statement. This follows consultation/discussion with stakeholders. These requirements come into effect from 1 July 2022.
Update: Continued imposition of anti-dumping duties on preserved peaches from Spain; and goods currently subject to anti-dumping duties
On 23 May 2022, the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (Minister) gave notice to continue to impose anti-dumping duty on imports of preserved peaches from Spain.
Russia Sanctions Update: 35 percent import tariff from 25 April 2022
The latest Regulations made under the Russia Sanctions Act 2022 impose a 35 percent tariff on all imports of goods of Russian origin. This comes into effect on 25 April 2022 and applies to all goods of Russian origin regardless of country of export. Any consignments en route to New Zealand prior to 25 April 2022 are exempt from this tariff.
Update: Re-imposition of anti-dumping duties on galvanised wire from Malaysia; and goods currently subject to anti-dumping duties
On 16 December 2020, the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (Minister) gave notice re-imposing anti-dumping duty with revised rates set out in the Second Schedule to the gazette notice which is available online.
Update: Imposition of provisional anti-dumping duties on galvanised wire from China and goods currently subject to anti-dumping duties
On 21 November 2020, the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs (Minister) made determinations for Step 1 of the current investigation of dumping of galvanised wire from China and Indonesia.
Amendment to the Malaysia - New Zealand Free Trade Agreement
New Zealand and Malaysia have mutually agreed that third party invoicing is permitted under the Malaysia New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (MNZFTA). The amendment to the Customs and Excise Regulations formally documents this agreement.
Update on change in depreciation rates for used motor vehicles
We recently advised on the Customs website and in Customs Release Issue 546, that the depreciation rates applied by Customs for the valuation of used vehicles which have been owned and used overseas by importers is going to change.