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.
Updated advice on Brown Marmorated Stink Bug invested vessels
On 16 February, we sent an Important Notice about vehicles carried on vessels infested with the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug.
We advised that an export entry would be required and a subsequent import declaration when the vessel returned to New Zealand. This advice is now withdrawn.
Following consultation with industry members, we are now updating our advice on how these vehicles can be re-entered into New Zealand.
Entries are not to be cancelled. Customs will initiate an amendment to the original import declarations to change the vessel name and date of importation, where necessary. This will not require any action by brokers/declarants for import declarations already lodged or cleared because the amendments will be system generated once the new dates of importation are known.
This amendment approach does not affect duty, GST and other charges debited to 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 to be temporarily dropped from direct debit process, please email firstname.lastname@example.org quoting your Customs client code and Customs entry number, and Customs will consider your request.