Deferred accounts for importers

Our deferred payment scheme allows you to defer payment of Customs charges.


You can:

  • defer paying your Customs charges for up to 7 weeks, with a minimum of 3 weeks
  • settle a month’s transactions with a single payment.

You can defer paying:

  • Customs duties
  • Good and Services Tax (GST)
  • the Heavy Engineering Research Association (HERA) levy
  • the Health Promotion Agency (HPA) levy on alcohol
  • the Import entry transaction fee (IETF)
  • the Ministry for Primary Industries biosecurity levy.

You can’t defer paying:

  • simplified import entries, unless you use an importer code
  • assessment notices
  • temporary import entries
  • sight entries
  • additional duty notices.