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  • I thought I could bring in up to $400 worth of goods tax-free?

    There is a common misconception that goods purchased online from overseas websites for less than NZ$400 can come into the country (be imported) without incurring any duty, GST, or charges. This ‘rule of thumb’ does not apply to goods that attract both duty and GST, such as clothing, shoes, and accessories. Customs charges maybe payable when the value of these goods exceeds approximately NZ$225.

    You can visit What’s My Duty? website to estimate how much import duty and/or GST you may need to pay to New Zealand Customs.

    What if I split my purchases to keep the value below the amount where duty or GST are payable?

    There is a common misconception that goods purchased online from overseas websites for less than NZ$400 can come into the country (be imported) without incurring any duty, GST, or charges. This ‘rule of thumb’ does not apply to goods that attract both duty and GST, such as clothing, shoes, and accessories. Customs charges maybe payable when the value of these goods exceeds approximately NZ$225.

    You can visit What’s My Duty? website to estimate how much import duty and/or GST you may need to pay to New Zealand Customs.

    When don’t I pay Customs charges?

    There is a common misconception that goods purchased online from overseas websites for less than NZ$400 can come into the country (be imported) without incurring any duty, GST, or charges. This ‘rule of thumb’ does not apply to goods that attract both duty and GST, such as clothing, shoes, and accessories. Customs charges maybe payable when the value of these goods exceeds approximately NZ$225.

    You can visit What’s My Duty? website to estimate how much import duty and/or GST you may need to pay to New Zealand Customs.

    Why is the Customs exchange rate different to what the banks have?

    There is a common misconception that goods purchased online from overseas websites for less than NZ$400 can come into the country (be imported) without incurring any duty, GST, or charges. This ‘rule of thumb’ does not apply to goods that attract both duty and GST, such as clothing, shoes, and accessories. Customs charges maybe payable when the value of these goods exceeds approximately NZ$225.

    You can visit What’s My Duty? website to estimate how much import duty and/or GST you may need to pay to New Zealand Customs.

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