COVID-19 update 2 April: Temporary entry restrictions are in place at the NZ border. ONLY New Zealand residents and citizens (and their children and partners) are permitted to enter New Zealand – this includes the Realm countries (the Cook Islands, Niue, Tokelau), Australian citizens and permanent residents ordinarily resident in New Zealand, airline and marine crew. There will be some exceptions to the entry restrictions, on a case by case basis. For more information on the temporary entry restrictions, please refer to either the Immigration NZ website or the Ministry of Health website. More Customs’ information in relation to COVID-19, including how Customs is continuing to ensure that imports/exports clear the NZ border, is available on this website. For more information about the NZ Government’s COVID-19 response, please refer to the official COVID-19 website.
Arms prohibition order update
Certain ammunition is now prohibited from importation. The systems checks on most of HS Tariff Chapter Heading 9306 are now in place, to facilitate the processing of legal ammunition imports.
Importers must be aware of the types of ammunition now prohibited. If importers are unclear after checking the Order, they should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brokers must be advised by the importer of ammunition whether or not any of the consignment is prohibited ammunition. If the consignment of ammunition contains no prohibited ammunition, NPA is to be entered in the Prohibited Code field. If the consignment contains any prohibited ammunition, the Prohibited Code PAM is to be entered.
- Unlike newly prohibited firearms and parts, there are no exempt classes of importer who can obtain a permit to import prohibited ammunition. Importation of prohibited ammunition is restricted to certain government agencies
- Point of importation is 12 nautical miles (differs to that for firearms/parts
- Checking controls have been put in place by Customs across most ammunition HS Tariff codes (9306)
- Importers are advised to familiarise themselves with the ammunition types prohibited, to avoid seizure and destruction
- “Glow in the dark” paintball or BB pellets are not considered to constitute “tracer ammunition”
The New Zealand Police has updated their website.