Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


New Act completes modernisation of Customs legislation

Hon Kris Faafoi

Minister of Customs

28 September 2018



New Customs and Excise Act completes modernisation of Customs legislation

Customs Minister Hon Kris Faafoi says a once in a generation modernisation of Customs’ legislation will be complete when a new Act comes into force on Monday.

“This legislation is really important for border security, trade and travel – with Customs annually processing 14 million international passengers and 16 million trade transactions, and collecting $14.4 billion of revenue on behalf of the Crown.

“The new Customs and Excise Act 2018 replaces its 1996 equivalent and is a result of five years planning, consulting and implementation. It was important to get this process right and several changes that reflects modern business practice came out of consultation with the import and export sector.”

There are 10 new services and initiatives arising from the Act, including the provision to store business records offshore or in the cloud, a new valuation rulings service, and the ability to seek informal reviews of Customs assessments as an alternative to more time-consuming appeals to the Customs Appeal Authority.

“The new Act aims to make it easier to understand and comply with border requirements, and it removes remnants from the 1913 and 1966 Acts. The way the new Act is structured will also reduce the need for Customs to come to Parliament to seek legislative amendments due to future changes in technology, business practice and advances in border security.

“I want to thank the industry stakeholder reference group that assisted and advised Customs over the past five years. Its contribution has been invaluable, along with feedback received from the Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Federation, Privacy Commissioner, public, and business community,” says Mr Faafoi.

More information on the Customs and Excise Act 2018 is available online


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Housing Issues: Fairer Rules For Tenants And Landlords

The key changes include:

- Limit rent increases to once every 12 months and banning the solicitation of rental bids by landlords.

- Improve tenant’s security by removing a landlord’s right to use no cause terminations to end a periodic tenancy agreement...

- Improve compliance with the law by increasing financial penalties and introducing new tools to take direct action against parties who are not meeting their obligations. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Farming Sector’s Persecution Complex

The narrative that our farmers are ‘doing it tough’ plays into a number of wellworn stereotypes ... More>>


corrections, prisonCorrections: Independent Review Of Prisoner Mail Management

The independent review into the prisoner mail system has today been released, with Corrections accepting all 13 recommendations and making a number of changes to strengthen the management of prisoner mail. More>>


IPCA: Unlawful Detention Of Teenager; Influence Of Investigation

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that former Inspector Hurimoana Dennis unlawfully detained an Auckland teenager in 2015, and improperly influenced the outcome of a criminal investigation into his own son in 2014. More>>


SOP For Gun Bill: New Measures For Modified Pistols

The new controls will • Prohibit short-barrelled semi-automatic rifles which currently are defined as pistols because they are shorter than 762 millimetres. • Introduce tighter controls over pistol carbine conversion kits… • Prohibit firearms which contain a part known as a centrefire lower receiver… More>>

'Culturally Arranged Visitors Visa': Fix For Marriage Visa Issue

Earlier this year Immigration New Zealand issued guidance to front line Immigration staff that made it significantly harder for people to get visas to visit their partner. That guidance no longer applies with today’s announcement. More>>


Conflict Of Interest For Key Member: Budget Data Breach Investigation Shut Down

State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes has today terminated the investigation into how Budget-sensitive material was accessed at the Treasury and appointed a new inquirer. More>>

RNZ Report: Mysterious Foundation Loaning NZ First Money

A mysterious foundation that loans money to New Zealand First is under scrutiny, with a university law professor saying although it's lawful, it fails to provide the transparency voters need in a democracy. More>>

Justice: Criminal Cases Review Commission Established

“We’ve seen how our justice system can very occasionally get things spectacularly wrong, even with rights of appeals, and there needs to be a chance for the innocent on the right grounds to seek a final review of their case...” More>>





InfoPages News Channels