- Start importing
- Import Prohibited and restricted imports
- Import animals
- Commercial ships and cruise liners
- Lodge your import entry
- Valuation for import
- Preferential tariff duty rates
- Customs rulings
- Customs exchange rates
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- Deferred accounts for importers
- Deferred accounts for brokers
- Import forms and documents
- What is excise?
- Apply for a licence
- Lodge your excise entry
- Claim excise duty remission or refund
- Pay excise duty and other charges
- Apply for excise duty credit or drawback
- Moving excisable items
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- Amend, surrender or transfer your licence
- Change your entry or payment timeframe
- Excise forms and documents
- Advice for exporters, importers and businesses
- Movement of goods
- Customs duties
- Excise clients
- Goods clearance fees deferral
- Lodging of Import Declarations
- Movement of critical supplies
- NZ Maritime Border Controls
- Permits and Carnets
- Point of Care test kits
- Public counters
- Tariff Concessions
- Trade enquiries
Changes to the Arms Act 1983 – June 2020
On 25 June 2020 changes to the Arms Act 1983 came into force.
These changes include:
- What types of firearms parts require a permit to import
- A permit is now required to import:
- All blank-firing guns (including starting pistols that fire blanks or caps)
- All ammunition
- Pistol carbine conversion kits
- All firearms, restricted weapons or parts specified on a permit must be imported within 30 days of the first item on that permit being imported
More details are available on the Police website.
Arrangements for firearms, restricted weapons and parts in transit or currently held by Customs
Since 25 June, Customs has been withholding delivery of firearms and parts which were imported but could not be lawfully possessed by the importer (such as centrefire pump-action rifles, which are now prohibited firearms).
Prohibited firearms which had been imported before 25 June but which were subject to the control of Customs on that date will be transferred to Police.
All existing permits for firearms or parts that are newly prohibited, and which arrive on or after 25 June, have been revoked. Where permits feature a mix of prohibited and non-prohibited items Customs will review and release items as appropriate. Goods which are imported on or after 25 June and for which the permit has been revoked may be seized by Customs.
All queries related to a potential buyback of these items should be directed to Police.