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

Gordon Campbell: On The Erebus Memorial In Parnell

Social media can be a wonderful tool for bringing people together in a common cause. It can also be a seedbed and spreader of mis-information on a community-wide scale. To which category do the protests against the siting of an Erebus memorial (to the 257 New Zealanders who died in that tragedy) in a secluded corner of a Parnell park happen to belong? IMO, it is clearly the latter, and the reasons for thinking so are explained below... More>>

 

National: Proposed Hate Speech Laws A Step Too Far

Reports of the Government’s proposed new hate speech laws go a step too far and risk sacrificing the freedoms New Zealanders enjoy, National’s Justice spokesperson Simon Bridges says. “The reforms are supposedly including protections to every ... More>>

ALSO:

Agriculture: Government To Phase Out Live Exports By Sea

The Government has announced that the export of livestock by sea will cease following a transition period of up to two years, said Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. “At the heart of our decision is upholding New Zealand’s reputation for high ... More>>

ALSO:

Norman Gemmell: New Zealand’s New Housing Policy Is Really Just A New Tax Package — And It’s A Shambles

Norman Gemmell , Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington Economists like to talk about “optimal policy instruments” — essentially, policies that achieve their objectives more effectively or efficiently than the alternatives, and ... More>>

Claire Breen: ACC’s Policy Of Not Covering Birth Injuries Is One More Sign The System Is Overdue For Reform

Claire Breen , University of Waikato Recent media coverage of women not being able to get treatment for birth injuries highlights yet another example of gender bias in healthcare in New Zealand. More>>

Police: Police Accept Findings Of IPCA Report Into Photographs Taken At Checkpoint

Police accept the findings of a report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA) relating to photographs taken at a checkpoint in Northland. On November 16, 2019, Police set up a checkpoint down the road from a fight night event in Ruakaka ... More>>

ALSO:

Health: Drug-Testing Law To Be Made Permanent

Interim legislation that is already proving to keep people safer from drugs will be made permanent, Health Minister Andrew Little says. More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels