- Start importing
- 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
- Import payments and refunds
- 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
- Changing, suspending or cancelling your licence
- 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
Essential and non-essential goods
Below is advice provided by the Ministry of Transport and New Zealand Customs.
Friday 17 April: For updated information on essential and non-essential goods movement, please refer to our COVID-19 section on this website.
27 March 2020:
Companies that have non-essential goods blocking movement of essential goods may apply for permission to move those goods from the port to their CCA for storage. However, they are not authorised to deliver those non-essential goods to their customers.
The use of essential workers to move essential goods and provide essential services is paramount and must be prioritised above all other goods and services at the Port.
Only in the following circumstances can non-essential goods at a port be transported:
- if essential workers are already located at the port for the purpose of dealing with essential goods; and
- if the movement of non-essential goods at the Port does not impact on:
- the movement of essential goods or
- the delivery of essential services at the Port; or
- if the movement of non-essential goods are required to create space for essential goods and the movement of essential goods within the port and across the supply chain. In this instance, the non-essential goods are classified as essential for the purposes of moving them to an alternative storage facility.
With respect to point 3 above:
- additional workers that are required to enter the Port, to assist with the movement of non-essential goods to create space for essential goods, become essential workers for the purpose of moving those goods; and
- those goods should only be moved once to a place of storage to get them out of the way of essential goods.
Permission must be given by New Zealand Customs and can be requested by emailing email@example.com.
For further information read the Q&A page.
Customs advise companies to ensure that their staff meet the guidelines on necessary precautions as laid out on the COVID-19 website.