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Quicker connections to Japanese consumers

10.48am 08 June 2023

Accredited exporters will be able to benefit from quicker connections to Japan, with Customs’ Secure Exports Scheme opening up to air freight from 23 June 2023.

The Secure Exports Scheme is designed to help businesses become trusted traders, reduce red tape, improve certainty in key export markets and speed up cargo into and out of New Zealand. Ultimately, it saves businesses time and money.

Before 23 June 2023 the arrangement with Japan was only available for sea cargo exports. Craig Chitty, Customs’ Group Manager Revenue and Assurance, said opening it up to air freight will widen options for secure supply chain exporters.

“This move opens the door for fresh produce and perishable goods exporters looking to get their products to Japan securely and quickly. As the world’s third largest economy, Japan is an attractive and important consumer market for kiwi exporters. Customs is pleased we can contribute to the supply chain security and success of accredited New Zealand businesses which rely on air freight for faster connections to their customers.”

Customs will be contacting our Japanese Secure Exports Scheme partners directly to provide further detail.

The Secure Exports Scheme is New Zealand’s Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) programme, which is recognised by overseas Customs administrations through Mutual Recognition Arrangements. New Zealand has this arrangement recognised in 11 key markets which are now all covered for both sea and air freight: Australia, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, the United Kingdom and United States of America.

More information visit: Customs Secure Exports Scheme web page.

By the numbers

  • Air freight exports with Japan are valued at $188 million, and imports $282 million. (Source: Customs data, Mar 2022 to Feb 2023).
  • Air freight carries less than 1% of New Zealand’s trade by volume, but about 16% of exports and 22% of imports by dollar value. (Source: Ministry of Transport).
  • Japan is New Zealand’s fourth largest export market – with the top exports being dairy, fruit and aluminium. (Source: NZTE).