WTO - ITA Concessions transferred
10.20am 29 November 2017
The work involved in transferring the ITA from Part II of the Tariff into Part I has now been completed.
It is recognised that many of the ITA Tariff items have reducing Normal Tariff duty rates that do not become duty free until 1 July 2019. Further, the Tariff classification of goods under ITA Tariff items may not be consistent with Free Trade Agreements (FTA’s) and Part II concessions.
Customs is aware of this situation and is working to correct it as soon as possible. In the meantime, until the situation is normalised, where goods are classified in ITA Tariff items that are linked to reducing Tariff rates that do not become duty free until 1 July 2019, Customs will permit the classification of those goods in Tariff items at the same comparable level as the ITA Tariff items, having the Other description linked to FTA's, without incurring an Administrative Penalty.
If you need further information, please contact the Valuation, Origin and Classification (VOC) section, Stephen Baggs, at VOC@customs.govt.nz.