Become a New Zealand Customs Officer

How do I become a New Zealand Customs Officer?

Customs officers control, monitor and administer the entry and departure of goods, vessels and people to and from New Zealand.

They may do some or all of the following:

  • inspect mail and imported and exported goods for illegal items
  • patrol wharves and search ships and aircraft for prohibited and restricted goods
  • check passengers’ passports and travel documents
  • check passengers for prohibited and restricted goods
  • assess and collect taxes on goods coming into the country, and on alcohol and tobacco made in New Zealand
  • gather import and export data
  • gather intelligence and assess security risks
  • carry out drug and commercial investigations
  • administer computer-based customs declarations and enquiries.

Training for this role is done by The New Zealand Customs Service with all trainee officers required to attend a five-week residential induction training program in Wellington and an additional 18 weeks of on-the-job training, mostly based in Auckland.

For more information on becoming a Customs Officer check out the links below