Releases

Customs
Thu 23 Mar 2017
Customs has done an outstanding job clearing a record number of passengers this summer season while continuing to protect the border with numerous seizures and arrests, Customs Minister Nicky Wagner says. “Passenger volumes peaked as expected, with more than 3.68 million travellers passing through international airports in December, January and February — an 8.7 per cent increase on last summer. It was a big season for cruise ships too, with a record 139 visiting vessels carrying almost 312,000 passengers and crew,” Ms Wagner says. ...
Customs
Tue 7 Mar 2017
Customs Minister Nicky Wagner is today congratulating border agencies on the five-millionth transaction through a key trade system. The Trade Single Window, developed by Customs and the Ministry for Primary Industries as part of the $104 million Joint Border Management System, was launched in 2013 to streamline the clearance of goods and craft. ...
Customs
Tue 28 Feb 2017
Customs Minister Nicky Wagner is today congratulating Customs on a record number of drug seizures in 2016. “Customs made 4165 seizures last year, including over 413 kilograms of methamphetamine and 1.1 tonne of its precursors — mainly ephedrine that could have yielded up to 809kg of meth,” Ms Wagner says. ...
Customs
Wed 22 Feb 2017
Customs Minister Nicky Wagner will travel to Beijing this week to discuss a joint work programme with her Chinese counterpart. Ms Wagner and Minister of the General Administration of China Customs, Mr Yu Guangzhou, will discuss a wide range of topics, including joint capacity building, trade facilitation and information exchange, data analytics, officer and training exchanges, as well as enforcement activities such as joint operations, targeting and threat assessments. ...
Customs
Sun 29 Jan 2017
Customs Minister Nicky Wagner says new regulations that take effect on 1 February 2017 will streamline the collection of excise and reduce costs for businesses.  “Alcohol manufacturers have told us the current remissions process creates unnecessary administration costs. After working closely with industry representatives, we are introducing practical improvements that will save alcohol manufacturers time and money,” Ms Wagner says. ...
Customs
Wed 25 Jan 2017
Customs has begun testing a world-first automated border process for families departing through Christchurch Airport, says Customs Minister Nicky Wagner. “It’s wonderful that we have an opportunity to test this new system right here in New Zealand. Customs is committed to providing a positive passenger experience, and this proof of concept will assess the feasibility of introducing automated processing for family groups,” Ms Wagner says. ...
Customs
Sun 15 Jan 2017
A newly launched joint data sharing system between New Zealand and Chinese Customs will give kiwi exporters a competitive advantage, says Customs Minister Nicky Wagner. “Having the Joint Electronic Verification System operational gives New Zealand a big advantage over other exporters to China as we are only the second country in the world to have this sort of system in place with them. ...
Customs
Sat 24 Dec 2016
Customs Minister Nicky Wagner thanks Customs for their hard work this year keeping our borders safe. “While most of us are enjoying our holidays, our frontline staff at Customs are facing their busiest time of the year. I wish to thank all Customs staff for their tremendous effort this year, particularly those who are protecting our border over the Christmas break,” Ms Wagner says. “They’re dealing with rising volumes of border transactions, and ever increasing passenger volumes. ...
Customs
Sun 18 Dec 2016
Customs Minister Nicky Wagner announced today that over 20 million people have used Customs’ eGates since their introduction in 2009. “Each week approximately 105,000 passengers self-process when crossing our border and this number is expected to continue to grow with the increasing volume of visitors to New Zealand,” Ms Wagner says. “Visitor arrivals to New Zealand are expected to grow 5.4 per cent a year, reaching 4.5 million visitors in 2022 from 3.1 million in 2015. ...
Customs
Thu 8 Dec 2016
Customs Minister Nicky Wagner has today congratulated Customs’ five new detector dog teams at a graduation ceremony in Trentham. “Customs received over $500,000 from Budget 2016 to boost the total number of detector dog teams across the country from 15 to 20, adding to its multi-layered enforcement at the border,” Ms Wagner says.   “The five new teams are a welcome addition, especially as we head into the peak summer season when more people cross our border.” ...
Customs
Thu 8 Dec 2016
Customs Minister Nicky Wagner has today congratulated Customs’ five new detector dog teams at a graduation ceremony in Trentham. “Customs received over $500,000 from Budget 2016 to boost the total number of detector dog teams across the country from 15 to 20, adding to its multi-layered enforcement at the border,” Ms Wagner says.   “The five new teams are a welcome addition, especially as we head into the peak summer season when more people cross our border.” ...
Customs
Tue 6 Dec 2016
Customs Minister Nicky Wagner has welcomed the First Reading of the Customs and Excise Bill in Parliament today. “This is a Bill that is better for businesses. Not only will it be easier to use and understand, it makes businesses’ obligations clearer and provides more flexibility in meeting them,” Ms Wagner says. “It will replace the out-dated 1996 Customs and Excise Act that is unable to respond to a changing border environment.” ...