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New Customs Act - what’s changing

From 1 October 2018, Customs will have a new Act that may affect your business. If you deal with Customs, check if your business is impacted.

What you need to know

When: 1 October 2018

What: New Customs and Excise Act 2018 takes effect 1 October 2018. Some business will be affected by the changes. You need to ensure you understand if and how you’re impacted, and prepare your business to comply from 1 October 2018.

Why: This updates the 1996 Act, which wasn’t in step with modern business practices. The new Act addresses these issues and makes it easier for you to meet your compliance obligations. It also provides you with greater transparency around how Customs works.

Who: importers, exporters, excise manufacturers, brokers, other service providers like declarant and logistics services, and businesses who provide storage and transport of imports and exports.

What you need to do

Check whether the changes to the Act affect your business.

Businesses that deal with Customs (including importers, exporters, excise manufacturers, brokers, other service providers like declarant and logistics services, and businesses who provide storage and transport of imports and exports) need to be able to comply with new legislation on 1 October 2018.

The changes to the Act include:

  • 10 new services and initiatives
  • Changes to existing services and functions

Overview of the new Customs and Excise Act 2018 (external link) from NZ Customs Communications

Transcript of video

The changes are detailed – Customs has a range of resources to help you understand if you’re impacted and what you will need to do.

Customs has created online tools and resources to help businesses prepare for the changes.

  • Education pages give information based on business categories.
  • General information can be found on the Customs website.

2018 Act education (external link) — New Zealand Customs

Customs and Excise Act 2018 (external link) — New Zealand Customs

Do you have more questions about the new Customs and Excise Act?

Do you have more questions about the new Customs and Excise Act?

Email Customs Act2018@customs.govt.nz

 

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