Register for Trade Single Window

You need to register for the Trade Single Window (TSW) system if you’re exporting anything worth more than NZ$1000 (Customs value).


To become a Trade Single Window (TSW) Registered User (declarant), you need to apply to be a user and for a declarant code.

If you want to avoid delays clearing your item, register in advance. TSW allows registered users to:

  • submit online craft and cargo information – “lodgements” – required by NZ government agencies
  • get responses from those agencies
  • submit and manage applications for importer, exporter and supplier codes
  • view and manage lodgements.

If you’re exporting goods worth more than NZ$1000, you need a client code. You also need a supplier code if you’re importing.

You don’t need to register for TSW Online if you have a broker – they can apply for codes for you.

Registered Users – ie declarants – can submit lodgements they’re approved for. These may be:

  • outward cargo reports
  • import declarations (declarants only)
  • export declarations (declarants only)
  • cargo report exports containing write-off requests (declarants only)
  • unaccompanied baggage clearances (declarants only)
  • household effects clearances (declarants only).
  • Excise
  • Advance notice of arrival.
  • Advance notice of departure
  • Inward cargo reports (declarants only).

Apply to be a TSW user

Note: this process will change in 2017.

  1. Go to tsw.govt.nz
  2. Click on “Register” and sign in with RealMe (if you don’t have a RealMe login, you must register for one)
  3. Upload:
    • a copy of an official photo identity document
    • if you want to submit Importer, Exporter and Supplier code applications:
      • Form C9A (DOC 315 KB)
      • employer authorisation letter
    • if you are already a declarant and want to submit lodgements with TSW Online:
      • Form 229 (DOC 158 KB)
      • employer authorisation letter
    • if you are registering as a declarant
      • Form C10 (DOC 249 KB)
      • criminal record
      • NZQA standard or training certificates
      • employer authorisation letter
    • If you want to submit lodgements and don’t need a declarant code:
      • Form C10 (DOC 249 KB)
      • employer authorisation letter
    • if you want to view lodgements:
      • employer authorisation letter or your client code
  4. Receive an email from us with your TSW User ID.

For assistance applying read: Registering to use TSW: details (PDF 547 KB).  See the full details for competency requirements and the declarant code application process (PDF 207 KB).