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$8.6m to streamline and protect border
 
Support for new Customs and Excise Act
 
Licence required for hemp seeds imports
 
Tariff classification of men's or boy's swimwear
 
Medsafe highlights dangers of online medicines
 
Police and Customs congratulated on record haul
 
eGates open for travellers to Queenstown
 
Website user research participants needed
 
 
 
$8.6m to streamline and protect border
 
Budget 2016 is investing $1.5 million over two years into export security initiatives and $17.1 million over four years to reduce compliance costs, speed up border clearances and increase the effectiveness of risk assessment tools say Customs Minister Nicky Wagner.

“International trade is vital to New Zealand’s economy. Trade volumes are forecast to grow by 30% between 2015 and 2020. That is why it is important for our borders to become more streamlined while increasing our risk assessment capabilities,” Ms Wagner says.
 
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Support for new Customs and Excise Act
 
Budget 2016 will support the implementation of a new Customs and Excise Act to ensure that systems and processes are in place to maximise the benefits says Customs Minister Nicky Wagner.

“The Act will be simpler, increase transparency for businesses who import and export, and will remove unnecessary costs to traders and Customs.
 
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Licence required for hemp seeds imports
 
Importers are reminded that hemp seeds are classified as Class C controlled drugs under the Misuse of Drugs Act.

The term “hemp seeds” includes dehulled or hulled seeds and the so-called “hemp hearts”.

Further information on the licencing process can be obtained by email.
 
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Tariff classification of men's or boy's swimwear
 
Customs has clarified the tariff classification of men’s or boys’ swimwear made from woven textile materials.

Although swimwear may be used for other purposes unrelated to swimming, such as boating, volleyball, etc., Customs does not view this as a change in its original character as swimwear.
 
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Medsafe highlights dangers of online medicines
 
Medsafe is reminding New Zealanders of the dangers of purchasing medicines online from overseas, following a global week of action led by INTERPOL.

The authority has recently participated with NZ Customs in the annual international initiative known as Operation Pangea, to highlight the illicit trade in medicines around the world.
 
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Police and Customs congratulated on record haul
 
Police Minister Judith Collins and Customs Minister Nicky Wagner today congratulated the local community, Northland Police and Customs for the record-breaking methamphetamine seizure in Kaitaia yesterday.
 
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eGates open for travellers to Queenstown
 
Customs Minister Nicky Wagner says six new eGates are now open for New Zealand, Australian, US, UK, and Canadian ePassport holders travelling to Queenstown.

“Four new next-generation eGates are available on arrival and two on departure, giving travellers the option of completing Customs checks using the one-step electronic process,” Ms Wagner says.
 
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Website user research participants needed
 
As part of a  project that is underway to redevelop our website, we are conducting user research to help us better understand the needs of our clients who use our website.

This research will contribute to the redesign and rebuild of our new site. We are looking for research participants among our commercial clients  who can provide us with insight into what they want and need from our website. 
 
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