Frequently Asked Questions
What you need to know.
A client code is required by any individual or company importing shipments valued at more than $1000 NZD.
An NZCS 224 will need to be competed, signed and returned along with a certificate of incorporation (if you have one) and photo ID.
A shipment imported into NZ that has a value of $1000 NZD or less can be imported into NZ without having to pay import GST, duty, customs transaction fees or MPI entry charges. It will still require a customs clearance. Tobacco & alcohol are the exception to this rule.
The Duty rate is determined by the classification of the product, the country it was manufactured & the country it is being shipped from. If you need to know more you could try the NZ Customs website or send me an e-mail.
GST is calculated at 15% on the total of the value of the goods, plus any duty, freight and insurance charges.
It will depend on the type of entry that is required. For a standard import entry NZ Customs charge an Import Entry Transaction Fee (IETF) of NZ$33.03 for every standard import shipment. MPI charge a biosecurity system entry levy of NZ$53.36. This brings the total fees to NZ$86.39 (including GST).
If the correct value of goods is not declared then you run the risk of having them seized by NZ Customs and there is the possibility of prosecution.
Some items will require a permit or consent to import. This list includes things like drugs and drug paraphernalia, weapons, and electronic dog collars. If you need more info try NZ Customs Prohibited & Restricted items list. https://www.customs.govt.nz/business/import/prohibited-and-restricted-imports/prohibitions-and-restrictions/
MPI have a great website with a lot of information on it. Start there and if you still require clarification make an enquiry with them via their contact pages or make a phone call. https://www.mpi.govt.nz/
When you apply for your importer code you will also need to register to import food with MPI. You will be charged an initial fee on registration and then get charged an annual fee to continue to use it.