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.

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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.

Trading overseas made easier.

Building a business is tough.

Building a business in a foreign market takes that challenge to a whole new level. That’s why we provide a range of support services for exporters, designed to break down barriers and make the process of trading overseas easier.

Whether you want assistance breaking into a foreign market, need information about doing business in a particular country or would like support in building your business overseas, we can help.

We also offer practical services, such as quick and easy document certification, to reduce the red tape associated with exporting.

Growing your business through export

New Zealand is recognised internationally as a country that is innovative, creative and demonstrates ingenuity in the development of high quality products. Successful exporting is hard work and to get started requires a singular clarity of purpose and drive.

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ICC Publications

With over 50 publications, ICC ‘s INCOTERMs, rules, guidelines and model contracts are essential resources for exporters, importers, bankers, lawyers, arbitrators and anyone involved in international trade.

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Access to International Delegations

Promote your business to international trade delegations visiting New Zealand, and access advice and support when you visit new markets.

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Letters of Introduction

Entering a new market? A Letter of Introduction from the Auckland Business Chamber will smooth your way.

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