This initiative has come about because of supply chain capacity issues which were highlighted following an accident at Ports of Auckland in August. Imported freight has taken longer to deliver, and exporters have encountered delays getting their goods away, leading to frustration all around.
Peter McRae is calling on authorities to promptly address “regulation, categorisation and commercial concerns” regarding the importation of E-scooters.
In a publicly-released commentary, Mr McRae identified issues in three specific areas:
Advice to shippers, exporters and importers of new and used vehicles and machinery from China and Korea.
At this stage, New Zealand does not have specific Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) measures in place for vehicles and machinery from China and Korea. However, MPI is currently monitoring vessels reporting detections of BMSB and other regulated pests that are carrying vehicles and machinery from China and Korea.
Importers of vehicles and machinery from Japan and “Schedule 3″ countries are being advised they will need to have acquired an approved Biosecurity Authority Clearance Certificate (BACC) at least 72 hours prior to vessel arrival in New Zealand.
The Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Federation (‘CBAFF’) told Shipping Gazette™ it is actively working towards resolution of issues with MPI clearance delays.
Chris Edwards, vice president of CBAFF, said the Trade Single Window (TSW) issues are top of mind for the industry and no solution is yet in sight.
From 12 November 2018 hemp (cannabis sativa) seed food products will be able to be imported into (and exported from) New Zealand. What are the rules?
Importers and exporters should note products must NOT contain whole hemp seeds. Whole hemp seeds remain Class C drugs under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975 and cannot be imported into New Zealand without a licence issued by the Ministry of Health.
The government is cutting import taxes on low-value goods to soften the impact for New Zealand consumers who start paying GST on all overseas purchases next year.
Following consultation earlier in 2018, details were released on 18 October 2018 on the proposed GST regime for non-residents supplying “low-value goods” to NZ buyers.
Departure cards have been discontinued this month, and the information used to account for all travellers departing New Zealand will now be collected electronically.
You still have to meet some requirements to avoid problems.
Let’s discuss the volume of alcohol being illegally imported into the country and imported without compliant labelling. What are the telltale signs of illegitimate product?
Citing examples of imported shipping containers being declared as beer when they were predominantly filled with spirits. That kind of smuggling is denying the country of about $40 million in excise duty annually.
NZ Customs and Spirits NZ are working on ways to stop it. How will you be affected?