News relating to the New Zealand freight industry
With the end of the year fast approaching many of you will be experiencing increased workloads in the lead up to Christmas. We’ve thought of a few things that may make things easier for you during this busy time:
Simplified Import Declaration (SID)
If conditions for a SID are met you do not need to apply for a client code and/or supplier code. However, if you already have an existing client and/or supplier code please use them.
Entry of goods
All imported goods can be entered at any time prior to their arrival or within 20 working days after the date of importation.
The following is from NZ Customs:
The Working Tariff Document of New Zealand (WTD) is being reprinted to coincide with the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen, and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC) scheduled to come into force on 1 December 2013.
From 1 December 2013, most goods that meet ANZTEC’s rules of origin will enter New Zealand free of tariff duty. There are some items which will have their duty rates phased in over the next four years which can be found here.
The reprint also allows for some layout changes to help improve the WTD’s readability and reduce the number of pages. These changes include a consistent approach to presenting trade partner preferences under trade agreements, where ‘Free’ applies, by altering the current footnote to include all preference-free trade partners. Redundant phased duty rates have also been removed in the reprint.
Where relevant, preferential rates for Canada and Less Developed Countries (LDC) will now be separately identified in the Preferential Tariff column. The new layout is for presentation only and does not alter any duty rates.
The following is from NZ Customs:
On Tuesday, 19 November Customs Minister Maurice Williamson announced that the Customs and Excise Act 1996 will be reviewed.
“The current Act is restrictive and constant changes in the border environment mean that legislative amendments continually have to be made to authorise Customs’ use of new technology and operating methods at the border.
“The review is an opportunity to develop a flexible legislative framework that can adapt to changes at the border and technology, and allows minor changes to be made by regulation rather than legislative amendments.
“It will also provide a clear statement of Customs’ roles and purpose,” Mr Williamson says.
A discussion paper for public consultation will be developed next year.
The following message is from Seafood New Zealand Limited:
The E-Cert system is being rebuilt and scheduled to go live next year. MPI have been providing updates about the changes, workshops and training to E-Cert users directly.
If you complete batch file submissions, using a spreadsheet for data entry and then an “E-Cert Converter” to transfer the data into a text file for the on-line upload, then modifications will need to be made to cater for the re-build. There are at least two of these E-Cert Converters – one developed by NZFSA a few years ago and a much older one that is based on proprietary code.
It has been suggested that a coordinated approach to this is taken, rather than each company undertaking this separately If you are using one of these converters and would like further information about what will need to be done – can you please Cathy at Seafood New Zealand Limited, and advise her which converter you are using and if you would be interested in a coordinated approach.
06 August 2013
The Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Federation (CBAFF) has urged importers to ensure they maintain FOB terms, following the decision by China to apply new VAT/GST tax charges.
The move, effective from August 1, will see a six per cent tax applied on all freight and other transportation charges payable in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) – affecting both exports and imports. It does not, however, apply in Hong Kong or Macau.