Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Ensure your Christmas gifts arrive safely

For immediate release                                        12 December 2007
 

Ensure your Christmas gifts arrive safely

 

With Christmas just around the corner, the New Zealand Customs Service is asking New Zealanders to be aware when bringing or mailing goods into New Zealand.

Customs Manager Northern Ports Simon Williamson says that understandably over the Christmas period, Customs screens a far greater volume of mail than during
"We are concerned that the increased volume may provide an opportunity for unscrupulous people to try to evade the law about mailing restricted and prohibited goods.

"Customs can screen up to 5 million items of international mail each month, both coming in and going out, and these quantities are set to increase over the busy summer period and in the lead-up to Christmas," Mr Williamson says.

Customs screens 100 per cent of incoming international mail using a variety of technology and resources such as x-ray mobile units, detector dogs, as well as using intelligence and profiling techniques to find prohibited goods or breaches of import regulations.

Prohibited goods and items of interest include things like drugs, flora, fauna, large amounts of money, pirated or copyright goods, objectionable material and any goods subject to duty and GST where the value exceeds the gift concession of $NZ110.

"Just because something is permitted in another country or available on the internet does not mean it’s legal to import it into New Zealand. If you bring or mail a prohibited item into New Zealand, you could lose it, and face a tough fine, criminal charges or even imprisonment.

"If you are bringing goods into New Zealand from overseas or you know someone is sending you something by mail, you need to know if the item is allowed into New Zealand. If in doubt, please contact the New Zealand Customs Service.

"You can expect delivery delays if international mail addressed to you is found to contain questionable articles requiring further examination and clarification," Mr Williamson says.


For more information on what goods cannot be brought into New Zealand, visit the website at www.customs.govt.nz or telephone Customs on 0800 4 Customs.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Werewolf: What Does Winston Peters Want His Legacy To Be?

A lot of people in New Zealand seem to resent Winston Peters and the power that he appears to have. “Appears” being the operative word. In reality, Peters will have power only up to the point that he uses it.

By next week, he’ll have become just another junior player in an MMP governing arrangement, battling to hold onto the gains he was promised. More>>

 

Rising Toll: Road Safety Needs To Be A Higher Priority

Official advice released to the Green Party under the Official Information Act shows that the previous National Government dismissed an option to make road safety its most important transport priority after being told the road toll was rising. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>

ALSO:

Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>

ALSO:

Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>

ALSO:

Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election