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Govt. Refuses Compensation / 2 Conferences

Tuesday, 10 August 2004, 10:00 am | Import News

A Select Committee of Parliament recommended that a Southland farmer be compensated for costs incurred in the correct classification of a tractor. The Government has now refused to comply. More >>

Import News: The New MAF Container Control System

Thursday, 29 April 2004, 12:24 am | Import News

My friend Pam is still fuming. On arrival at Auckland airport, she was greeted by a $200 fine, because her shoes had some dirt - from one of Melbourne's better golf courses. More >>

Import News: Deborah Coddington and Chris Trotter

Monday, 24 November 2003, 4:28 pm | Import News

The Importers Institute had its annual conference last week. We heard speeches from two first-rate thinkers, Deborah Coddington and Chris Trotter. More >>

Import News: So, does Corporate Welfare work?

Wednesday, 19 November 2003, 1:53 pm | Import News

Like the hospital with no patients, the insurance office with no business is a model of efficiency. More >>

Import News: Don't Waste Your Time, Mr Hu

Tuesday, 28 October 2003, 2:34 pm | Import News

Prime Minister Helen Clark said an agreement to consult on economic cooperation framework signed with Chinese President Hu Jingtao may ultimately lead towards a free trade deal. Mr Hu shouldn't hold his breath - and neither should we. It's all talk. More >>

Who Will Protect Consumers From Protectionists?

Friday, 10 October 2003, 11:02 am | Import News

Once upon a time our trade policy was designed to protect manufacturers from competing imports. Now, it's designed to promote the agendas of ideologues. More >>

Import News: When Security Makes Us Less Safe

Monday, 31 March 2003, 9:06 am | Import News

Are the new US Customs security initiatives making Americans less safe, at a huge cost to the rest of the world? Read our presentation to the 3rd Annual Ports and Shipping Forum in Auckland, 28 March 2003. More >>

The Role of NZ Customs in US Security

Thursday, 12 December 2002, 6:09 pm | Import News

The US Customs Service introduced new security systems for US-bound containers. The New Zealand Customs Service has gone one better. More >>

Import News: Feedback on Air NZ/Qantas

Thursday, 12 December 2002, 2:09 pm | Import News

[From the Hon Trevor Mallard, Associate Minister of Finance] The Government has not made any decisions on the merits of the proposal. It will make an in-principle decision by December 18. This will either end the matter, or subject it to the full scrutiny ... More >>

Once Were Lecturers

Monday, 9 December 2002, 10:15 am | Import News

Qantas wants to create a monopoly to extract more money from New Zealand travellers, importers and exporters by becoming a cornerstone shareholder in Air New Zealand. Somewhat surprisingly, the government of New Zealand nurtured this plan while barefacedly ... More >>

The Belgians are Coming

Monday, 28 October 2002, 9:01 pm | Import News

A high-level economic mission from Belgium will visit New Zealand from 23 to 27 November. The party consists of some 40 leading Belgian companies and is headed by HRH Prince Philippe. More >>

Import News: Political Expediency Thwarts Theft

Monday, 17 June 2002, 10:55 am | Import News

A plan by 'man of integrity' Jim Anderton to extort $15 million a year from importers has been put on hold. A fee of $18 on every commercial importation was planned to come into force on 1 July. More >>

Court of Appeal on Tariff Classification

Saturday, 29 December 2001, 11:51 pm | Import News

Import News from the Importers Institute 27 December 2001 - Court of Appeal on Tariff Classification More >>

Please Let Air New Zealand Go Under

Friday, 21 December 2001, 3:58 pm | Import News

The government has sunk hundreds of millions of taxpayers' dollars trying to keep failed airline Air New Zealand afloat. It should let it go under. It is not too late. More >>

Anderton taxes importers

Thursday, 8 November 2001, 3:32 pm | Import News

Acting Minister of Customs Jim Anderton announced today in Parliament that a new tax on importers of $16.50 plus GST will be imposed on every shipment coming to New Zealand. More >>

Free Trade and Mercantilist Fallacies

Friday, 5 October 2001, 5:08 pm | Import News

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade consulted the Importers Institute and other business groups on the proposed free trade agreement between New Zealand and Hong Kong. More >>

Import News: New Food Labelling Requirements

Tuesday, 14 August 2001, 4:05 pm | Import News

A new Food Code will require more information on labels, from December 2002. From 7 December 2001, there will also be new labelling requirements for genetically modified foods. More >>

Import News: Coming Right Up

Friday, 15 June 2001, 3:47 pm | Import News

Here are some events and meetings that could be of interest to Importers Institute members: More >>

Import News: The Dumb Economy

Tuesday, 12 June 2001, 9:09 am | Import News

Fisher & Paykel used to be held as an example of "the knowledge economy." Finding it hard to compete, it sought - and got - tariff subsidies from government. Welcome to the dumb economy. More >>

Sea Container Review

Tuesday, 29 May 2001, 9:06 am | Import News

The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) is going to do a survey of shipping containers to obtain information for a new import health standard. They need this information to ensure the requirements for containers are commensurate with the risk ... More >>





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