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Goods clearance funding review discussion document

Goods clearance funding review discussion document released

The New Zealand Customs Service is calling for stakeholders' input into the review of funding arrangements for goods clearance activities.

Customs released a discussion document on the review today and wants interested parties' views on whether the current funding arrangements should be changed and, if so, in what way.

Each year Customs clears goods valued at over $62 billion crossing New Zealand’s border. 'Goods clearance' comprises the processes managed by Customs to detect error or fraud, to ensure import and export control systems are complied with (including security-related controls), and to provide assurance that the correct classification, origin and value are declared, appropriate duties and taxes are paid and refunds, drawbacks and revenue foregone are correctly assessed.

Customs clears all goods entering or leaving New Zealand (including those being transhipped through New Zealand) and all goods subject to excise. Currently costs are shared between the Crown and third parties (importers, exporters, transport operators, etc) in the form of user fees.

The Government is reviewing the source of funding for goods clearance activities from 1 July 2006.

"The issue for this review is whether the current funding arrangements should be varied, and if so how. The discussion document sets out principles that the Government has agreed will form the basis of consideration of potential funding options," says Customs Deputy Comptroller, John Secker.

"Key questions for consultation are set out in the document and we're inviting feedback on these questions in particular, but comment on any aspect of the review is also welcome," says Mr Secker.

The discussion document and submissions form can be obtained from Customs' website http://www.customs.govt.nz/About/News/FundingReview.htm; or by e-mailing consultation@customs.govt.nz

The closing date for feedback is 20 February 2006.

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