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.
Sending Certificate of Origin data to China
In December 2016, NZ Customs and the General Administration of China Customs (GACC) launched the Joint Electronic Verification System (JEVS).
This system sends Certificate of Origin (CoO) information to GACC, which is compared to the Chinese Import Declaration. If all details match, the shipments are cleared with ease and the traders utilise an efficient trade process between both countries. To date, almost 17,000 certificates have been sent to China via JEVS with less than 1% of these requiring follow up enquiries.
Recently, traders advised NZ Customs that some CoOs do not appear on the GACC system, and FTA preference claims are suspended. Shipments are held at the border until the preference claims are resolved. We suspect this is a technical issue as over 99% of the enquiries show the data has been successfully pushed through. Our liaison officer based in Beijing is working closely with GACC to resolve the issue, and we hope to have this resolved as soon as possible with minimal trade disruption.
If you have been advised by your customer in China that a shipment has been held at the border because the CoO data is not in their system, please provide firstname.lastname@example.org with the following details:
Important: The GACC Importer Declaration Number is the most vital piece of information required. Without this number, the GACC team will not be able to remotely release a shipment.
- Chinese importer (full name)
- Chinese buyer’s details (if different from above)
- NZ exports full name
- Chinese port of entry
- Date of importation
- Mode of transport (sea/air)
- Was the consignment transported direct to China or through another country / countries?
- GACC Import Declaration Number
- Tariff Item on Chinese import declaration
- Description of goods on import declaration
- Declared (CIF) value of goods on import declaration
- Was the China - NZ FTA preferential duty rate claimed?
- Was a NZ issued FTA CoO lodged with the import declaration (provide number)?
- Has the import declaration actually been ‘rejected’ and, if so, have GACC provided a written reason for doing so (attach copy of notification of rejection)?