New Zealand’s Customs & Excise Act 2018 in force from 1 October 2018

Changes impact all exporters and importers. Take advantage of online resources to ensure you understand how the new Act may affect your business practices.

Full information and resources available here:


New infringement scheme in effect from 1 April 2019

Infringement Notices enable Customs to manage minor offending involving travellers, goods and craft in respect of 70 offences under the Act. These are minor offences that justify more than a warning, as an alternative to prosecution. Infringement Notices bring an instant fine of $400 for an individual and $800 for a business.

Infringement offences are strict liability offences, which means the law may have been broken unknowingly or by mistake. Once the fine has been paid, all guilt or liability is discharged.

It is important to understand your responsibilities and get your Import and Export documentation correct.