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New Zealand August Update

VBS  - Vehicle Booking System

In the last months there have been changes to the VBS for container collection and delivery causing major delays to the transportation of containers. The Ports have advised that the full automation of the terminal will enable a more efficient process with container handling, but they do expect constraints in capacity over the next 12-18 months.

The negative impact of these constraints are effecting the transport companies ability  to secure confirmed slots for container deliveries to and from the Port. Initially container transport companies advised that they require 48 hrs notice to book allocated slots via VBS , this has now been extended out to 72 hrs

We are continuing to work with the Ports, as well as local carriers to minimise these delays in processing of container deliveries. For further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us

Customs and Excise Act effective 1st October

The New Zealand  Customs and Excise Act is being updated from the 1996 edition to the 2018  and comes into effect on the 1st October.

The Customs and Excise Act is the legislation that defines the powers and controls  that are awarded to the New Zealand Customs department

The specific changes relate to:

  • The layout has been modernised and made easier to use and reference from
  • New Service to allow the storage of records outside of New Zealand or in the cloud
  • New process for customers to review rulings raised by NZ Customs
  • Receive valuation rulings by NZ Customs to enable importers to feel more secure about the valuation of goods
  • Setting provisionally values for goods where the final value is not defined at point of entry
  • TSW ( Trade Single Window ) users will need to maintain competencies as well as a fit and proper person
  • Admin penalties will be applied to imports and exports if required
  • Changes to excisable goods such as Tobacco , Fuel , Alcohol
  • Fair administration processes re interest on late penalties
  • On the spot penalties as of  April 2019
  • Imports of prohibited goods now include digital

For further information please do not hesitate to contact us