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Domestic Transhipment Request (DTR)

A Domestic Transhipment Request (DTR) is an electronic request to move uncleared cargo from one approved facility to another approved facility.


Uncleared cargo means any importation that has not been released by Customs and MPI.

A DTR must be made electronically using the Trade Single Window (TSW) as part of an Inward Cargo Report (ICR).

What is an Approved Facility?

An approved facility is both a Customs-controlled Area (CCA) as well as an Authorised Transitional Facility (ATF).

What does DTR replace?

DTR replaces the Customs Continuous Collectors Permit or “paperless transhipments” (NZCS 203) and hard copy permit to remove for movement in New Zealand under Customs Control (NZCS 202).

DTR will also replace the MPI General Authorisation for Carriage (GAC).

What is not covered by a DTR?

A DTR approval does not release goods from MPI or Customs Control.

Any Agency Directions, either by MPI or Customs, must still be complied with.

The movement from aircraft to Cargo Terminal does not currently require a DTR.

Some movements are not covered by the DTR and these are:

These requests can be sent to service.delivery@customs.govt.nz or ITOCtradetargeting@customs.govt.nz (outside business hours).

Who lodges a DTR?

A DTR can be submitted by freight forwarders, an approved facility operator or on behalf of a Carrier.

When should a DTR be lodged?

The DTR must be submitted prior to movement of the goods allowing sufficient time for processing by Customs and MPI.

How is a DTR lodged?

A DTR can be lodged using a third party software which has DTR capabilities or via TSW Online.

A DTR must be lodged as part of an ICR. 

DTRs can be included in the carrier ICR, or as a separate ICR submitted by a freight forwarder or an approved facility operator. 

Refer to ICR Factsheet for requirements of completing an ICR.

Do I need to be a declarant?

No. However, if a DTR is part of an ICR with write off requests, then a declarant with the required privileges will need to lodge the request. 

DTR for Consolidated Shipments

A DTR can be lodged for consolidations using information at the Master Bill level or at house bill level. 

For consolidated shipments it is important to ensure that the Masterbill information is entered for all consignments that include a DTR. The overall response from the Customs and MPI are linked to the Masterbill and approval will be given at Masterbill level (e.g. MB123456789 - movement approved).

Note: A consolidation will not be broken down by the CTO to release individual cargo items.

Do I need Housebill level information to request DTR?

No. Housebill level information is only required for ICR’s where a write-off is requested.

What happens after a DTR is submitted?

After the DTR is submitted, each consignment is automatically assessed by both Customs and MPI Biosecurity.  A response will be returned to the submitter, the current location of goods and the transhipment destination. 

Responses can be by B2B messaging or email notifications.

If using TSW Online, you can view responses via My Lodgements (see TSW Online Guides for more information).

Can I amend my ICR?

Yes.  An ICR can be amended to make any changes or add a DTR.

Can I withdraw my DTR?

Yes.  The movement request can be removed and then the ICR is resubmitted to withdraw the DTR.

Notifications of the change will be sent to any previously advised parties.

How much does a DTR cost?

Currently no fees are charged where an ICR is submitted to only request a DTR.  Refer to Goods Clearance Fees.

Need help?

If you need help completing a DTR, email tswusersupport@customs.govt.nz for assistance.