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.
Goods affected by Brown Marmorated Stink Bug
On Sunday 13 January 2019, the Ministry for Primary Industries directed the WWL Parsifal (Roll on Roll Off Carrier) to leave New Zealand due to Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs.
Cargo from decks 4, 4b, 5 and 6 were granted clearance to discharge and all other cargo remained on board.
Customs advice is as follows:
Brokers/declarants are to amend their original import declarations to change the date of importation, voyage number, and ship if necessary.
Amending the entry will not affect duty, GST and other charges debited to the Broker Deferred and Client Deferred accounts when the original Import Entries were cleared. This is because those charges are triggered by Entry Clearance, not date of importation.
The original entry charges will appear as usual on deferred payment account statements for the period, and GST registered entities can claim GST credits from Inland Revenue.
If you wish to have the entry charges temporarily delayed from being debited from a deferred account, please email your request to email@example.com quoting your Customs client code and Customs entry number.
Customs will consider your request on a case by case basis.