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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 >>

High tech fight at the border

Thursday, 13 February 2014, 1:43 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

Customs says that advances in technology have made it easier for offenders to find, store, and share objectionable material such as child sexual abuse images. Customs Manager Border Operations, Shane Panettiere says that Customs is responding to this ... More >>

Customs warns drug couriers after $7.8m meth arrest

Monday, 20 January 2014, 3:58 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

Two foreign nationals appeared in court today after Customs intercepted methamphetamine or ‘P’, totalling around 7.8kg, in separate incidents at Auckland Airport over the weekend. A 28 year old United States national, who arrived from Los Angeles on ... More >>

Flying high: Cocaine in neck pillow leads to two arrests

Wednesday, 15 January 2014, 11:51 am | New Zealand Customs Service

Flying high: Cocaine in neck pillow leads to two arrests Two men appeared in court today in connection to around one kilogram of cocaine found by Customs inside a neck pillow, and internally concealed by a passenger, at Auckland Airport on Sunday morning ... More >>

US senior citizen charged for importing methamphetamine

Wednesday, 8 January 2014, 4:08 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

A 72 year old United States citizen appeared in the Manukau District Court today for importing approximately 6.2kg of methamphetamine or ‘P’ with a street value of $3 - $6 million into the country late last year. He remains in custody until the ... More >>

Man jailed for importing and supplying methamphetamine

Friday, 13 December 2013, 2:55 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

A 23 year old man was sentenced today in the Palmerston North District Court to 2 years and 4 months in prison for importation and supply of methamphetamine. Dylan Richardson pleaded guilty to charges relating to importation and possession for supply ... More >>

Customs welcomes Court decision on blended petrol

Friday, 6 December 2013, 4:31 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

The New Zealand Customs Service today welcomed the judgment by the Supreme Court that duty is payable on butane blended with petrol. The case involved Gull/Terminals NZ. More >>

Jail term for drug trafficker

Friday, 29 November 2013, 3:46 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

A 38 year-old Singaporean drug trafficker was sentenced to four years and one month in prison today in Manukau District Court for importing nearly 50 grams of methamphetamine with a street value of between $30,000 and $50,000. More >>

Man arrested for importing credit card details

Friday, 29 November 2013, 3:15 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

An Auckland man is before the courts facing 59 charges relating to the importation and fraudulent use of credit card details. More >>

No surprises for savvy shoppers this silly season

Tuesday, 19 November 2013, 12:33 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

A record 1,000 savvy customers a day are now using Customs’ What’s My Duty? calculator to find out how much GST and duty they will pay when their online shopping purchases arrive in New Zealand. More >>

Criminals get creative with drugs concealments

Friday, 8 November 2013, 4:27 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

Along with a range of other drugs, Customs seized over 29 kilograms of Contac NT at the border this month, which would have produced over $8.3 million of methamphetamine. This included concealments in a range of household items and outdoor equipment. More >>

Student ‘catcher’ to spend birthday in jail

Tuesday, 22 October 2013, 10:24 am | New Zealand Customs Service

A university student from Hong Kong will spend his 23rd birthday in jail tomorrow after being sentenced to two and a half years’ imprisonment for importing 877.5 grams of Contac NT. More >>

Customs hot on the heels of ‘P’ imports

Friday, 27 September 2013, 4:10 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

PVC platform shoes destined for Auckland’s streets didn’t make it beyond the border after Customs found methamphetamine or ‘P’ worth up to $145,000 hidden inside the hollowed-out heels. More >>

Passenger’s suitcases jam-packed with cigarettes

Wednesday, 4 September 2013, 11:37 am | New Zealand Customs Service

A 37 year old unemployed Chinese woman visiting New Zealand for the first time never made it past Auckland Airport after she was found smuggling two suitcases full of cigarettes. More >>

Singapore traveller arrested for $50k methamphetamine

Tuesday, 6 August 2013, 5:29 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

A 38 year-old Singaporean man has appeared in the Manukau District Court today, charged with importing methamphetamine with an estimated street value of up to $50,000. More >>

Childcare worker arrested by Customs

Friday, 2 August 2013, 11:11 am | New Zealand Customs Service

A 37-year-old woman, arrested by Customs, will appear in the Christchurch District Court this morning charged with importing the Class A drug methamphetamine. More >>

Customs reminds travellers to declare cash

Thursday, 25 July 2013, 5:34 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

Customs reminds the travelling public that they must declare large sums of cash that they are physically carrying in or out of New Zealand, or face the possibility that they may lose it. More >>

US validates NZ Secure Export Scheme

Friday, 19 July 2013, 11:39 am | New Zealand Customs Service

A week-long visit by US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials has built on the strong relationship between the two customs administrations and verified the robustness of New Zealand’s Secure Export Scheme (SES). More >>

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