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Auckland man jailed for importing drugs

Wednesday, 15 October 2014, 3:44 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

Twenty-three year old Auckland man, Thomas Latu, was sentenced to four and a half years’ imprisonment today for his role in importing over 3.2 kilograms of Contac NT hidden inside tin foil parcels and security cameras. This amount of Contac NT ... More >>

New recruits to boost border protection

Monday, 29 September 2014, 5:27 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

Twenty six new recruits began an intensive nine-week training course in Auckland today that will see them graduate as Customs officers in time for the busy summer season. More >>

New Customs dog graduates

Thursday, 25 September 2014, 3:42 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

Graduates: Customs Officer, Daniel Evans and drug detector dog, Dirk. Comptroller of Customs Carolyn Tremain congratulated Customs’ newest detector dog team at a graduation ceremony at the Police Dog Training Centre in Trentham today. Customs ... More >>

Ten millionth traveller uses SmartGate

Wednesday, 17 September 2014, 5:20 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

The 10 millionth traveller to pass through SmartGate, Customs’ automated passenger processing system, was greeted by Customs Manager Passenger Operations, Peter Lewis today at Auckland International Airport. More >>

Auckland man convicted for bags of cash

Tuesday, 16 September 2014, 4:09 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

A 59-year-old Auckland man was convicted, fined $800, and ordered to pay court costs in the Auckland District Court today for attempting to take Chinese Yuan (CNY) 700,000 (NZ$136,452) cash out of the country without declaring it. Customs also seized his ... More >>

Duty-free tobacco limits to drop soon

Thursday, 4 September 2014, 11:42 am | New Zealand Customs Service

Customs Comptroller Carolyn Tremain says this week travellers will begin to see advertising in airports and in-flight magazines alerting them to the November reduction in duty-free tobacco limits. “From 1 November the duty-free limit for tobacco brought ... More >>

Drug courier sentenced for importing heroin

Wednesday, 20 August 2014, 1:27 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

South African drug courier, Laura Elizabeth Cilliers, was sentenced today in the Christchurch District Court to 7 years and 10 months in prison for importing approximately 1.2 kilograms of heroin. More >>

Hong Kong visitor jailed for ‘P’ stuffed statues

Monday, 28 July 2014, 4:03 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

A 25-year-old Hong Kong visitor was today sentenced in the Auckland District Court to 10 years’ imprisonment after Customs linked her to methamphetamine or ‘P’ hidden in imported statues. Ka Po Ching will have to serve at least four years minimum ... More >>

Brazilian tourist behind bars for cocaine smuggling

Friday, 11 July 2014, 5:07 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

A 20-year-old Brazilian tourist will not see much of New Zealand, after being sentenced to five years’ imprisonment in the Manukau District Court today for trying to smuggle around $656,000 of cocaine into the country. He will be deported after serving jail ... More >>

Gap year student sentenced to home detention

Friday, 27 June 2014, 5:09 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

A 19-year-old man was sentenced in the Hamilton District Court today to 12 months’ home detention and 200 hours community service for importing almost 2.5 kilograms of class C drugs. More >>

Auckland man sentenced for child sexual abuse images

Friday, 27 June 2014, 12:52 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

A 42-year-old Auckland man was sentenced to 10 months’ home detention and denied name suppression in the Auckland District Court yesterday, for sending and possessing electronic images and movies depicting child sexual abuse. He is appealing the suppression. More >>

Drug swallower arrested for importing $1.2 million of heroin

Thursday, 26 June 2014, 4:12 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

A South African woman has been arrested and charged in relation to the importation of approximately 1.2 kilos of the class A drug heroin, with a street value of $1.2 million. The woman arrived in Christchurch on 15 June and was questioned by Customs ... More >>

US drug mule jailed for six years

Wednesday, 28 May 2014, 5:30 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

A 28-year-old United States national was sentenced to six years’ imprisonment in the Manukau District Court today, for trying to smuggle four kilograms of methamphetamine into New Zealand. More >>

New Zealand’s leading exporter adopts Trade Single Window

Wednesday, 28 May 2014, 1:34 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

New Zealand dairy co-operative Fonterra has signed up for the Trade Single Window, New Zealand’s new electronic border for trade. Customs Deputy Comptroller Transformation and Technology, Robert Lake, says this is a major milestone in the roll out of the ... More >>

Silver Fern Farms joins Secure Export Scheme

Friday, 9 May 2014, 4:11 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

Customs and Silver Fern Farms have signed a partnership under the NZ Customs Secure Export Scheme (SES), endorsing the exporter’s supply chain security standards. Customs and Silver Fern Farms executives met at the Silver Fern Farms head office ... More >>

Settlement for outstanding duty reached

Friday, 2 May 2014, 1:08 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

The New Zealand Customs Service and Terminals (N.Z.) Limited have reached an agreement over the payment of additional duty on butane blended petrol. The settlement follows the Supreme Court ruling last year that the process of blending butane with petrol ... More >>

Collaboration stops drugs from crossing borders

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 4:03 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

Collaboration between Hong Kong and New Zealand Customs has stopped millions of dollars worth of drugs coming into New Zealand this year, with a number of seizures and arrests in both countries. More >>

Young man sentenced for importing objectionable material

Wednesday, 2 April 2014, 4:46 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

A foreign national has been sentenced in the Manukau District Court today, following his arrest at Auckland International Airport for importing objectionable material. More >>

Jail instead of Uni

Wednesday, 2 April 2014, 4:44 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

20-year-old student Benjamen Belmont will be spending several semesters behind bars after he was sentenced to 4 years and 10 months’ imprisonment for the importation and possession for supply of class A and B drugs in Palmerston North District Court ... More >>

Drugs in baby grand pianos

Thursday, 20 March 2014, 4:33 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

Two Chinese student flatmates have been sentenced to three years and four months’ imprisonment for their roles in importing Contac NT hidden inside miniature grand pianos. More >>



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