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Forwarding and Honesty

Thursday, 23 September 2010, 5:29 pm | Importers Institute

The Importers Institute receives a regular stream of complaints about freight forwarders. Sadly, they are often justified. Some forwarders' charges are outrageous. More >>

Customs and MAF Increase Fees

Tuesday, 22 June 2010, 3:02 pm | Importers Institute

From 1 July, the New Zealand Customs Service will start collecting a new 'Biosecurity Levy' of $12.50 per shipment on behalf of MAF. More >>

Import News: The China Surcharge

Tuesday, 4 May 2010, 12:23 pm | Importers Institute

One of our members imported a couple of shipments from Xingang in China. The freight was prepaid by the supplier in China, but the New Zealand forwarder billed the importer $1,400 for a "China surcharge" and $1,800 for "overseas shipping". More >>

MAF's Latest Trade-Impeding Money Grab

Tuesday, 2 March 2010, 10:20 am | Importers Institute

MAF Biosecurity has issued a new 'law' (under delegated authority) to start detaining thousands of low risk containers, physically inspect all six sides of each box, while charging importers $100 per hour plus fees. More >>

Import News: Mercantilism is not Free Trade

Wednesday, 25 November 2009, 2:22 pm | Importers Institute

The Government decided to break a promise made under APEC to have free trade by 2010. Tariffs will remain frozen for another five years. This decision was made against advice from Treasury. More >>

Import News: Recession and Imports

Friday, 15 May 2009, 3:36 pm | Importers Institute

The current global recession started as an old-fashioned bank run in the US. Confidence in the liquidity of the finance sector was quickly restored by the injection of gargantuan sums of taxpayers' money, coupled with government guarantees. The incipient run was ... More >>

Trans-Tasman Domestic Flights?

Friday, 6 March 2009, 9:29 am | Importers Institute

The Prime Ministers of New Zealand and Australia announced an intention to turn trans-Tasman flights into domestic flights. This idea has been on the drawing board since 1992. We'll tell you why there has been no progress. More >>

Briefing to Incoming Ministers

Thursday, 5 February 2009, 5:21 pm | Importers Institute

The good news is that you have inherited a top-notch Customs department. That is not just flannel produced by the department's PR, it is a fact established by reputable international surveys and it is also our observation. Customs protects the border ... More >>

Failed Airline in Trouble Again

Monday, 15 December 2008, 1:14 pm | Importers Institute

Air New Zealand is being prosecuted by the Commerce Commission for anti-competitive behaviour. The Commission alleges that the airline conspired with other airlines to fix prices. Twelve other airlines that service New Zealand are also being prosecuted. More >>

Don't Vote Labour

Tuesday, 4 December 2007, 4:35 pm | Importers Institute

The Government has prohibited the importation of older used cars, in response to lobbying by new car importers. This will result in substantial price increases at the lower end of the market. More >>

Importers Institute Sells Carbon Credits

Monday, 10 September 2007, 1:00 pm | Importers Institute

The Importers Institute announced today that it is offering to sell carbon credits to the public of New Zealand. This is a great opportunity for concerned New Zealanders to reduce their eco-guilt. More >>

'Target' Conned the Public

Wednesday, 5 September 2007, 4:07 pm | Importers Institute

The Importers Institute accused TV3's Target program of conning the public, knowingly and deliberately, to improve the program's ratings. The Target TV show tested some clothes for total formaldehyde and then compared the results to other countries' ... More >>

Formaldehyde - the Real Scandal

Wednesday, 29 August 2007, 3:25 pm | Importers Institute

New Zealanders have been misled - by TV3 and Government laboratory AgriQuality. The Importers Institute reveals details of a scandal of shonky science. More >>

Government Subsidises Imports

Thursday, 23 August 2007, 5:29 pm | Importers Institute

The Government is spending millions of dollars on a 'Buy New Zealand' campaign. Importers are the main beneficiaries of this largesse. Most consumers base their decisions on price and quality. If a locally made product is better value than an imported ... More >>

The First Victims of Climate Change Hysteria

Tuesday, 24 April 2007, 10:00 am | Importers Institute

Would you be prepared to sacrifice a little bit of convenience to save future generations from the catastrophe of Global Warming? Of course you would. More >>

Miles of Nonsense

Wednesday, 20 December 2006, 11:40 am | Importers Institute

European Greens call for the destruction of the basis of the New Zealand economy. Prime Minister Helen Clark, while agreeing with the basic premise of their argument, asks them to go easy on us because we are quite Green ourselves. More >>

Parallel Importing Opportunity!

Monday, 6 November 2006, 3:59 pm | Importers Institute

The Importers Institute knows of a possible opportunity for members interested in parallel importing: Vittoria bike tyres, made in Italy ( More >>

Ports Would Like a Little Less Competition

Thursday, 12 October 2006, 3:24 pm | Importers Institute

The ports of Auckland and Tauranga, facing a decision by the Maersk shipping line, would like to stop competing with each other. More >>

The Bureaucracy is Booming

Wednesday, 29 June 2005, 4:59 pm | Importers Institute

In 2002, Customs employed 716 people. Today, it employs 1,274. Customs did considerably better than other Government departments, whose numbers have expanded by 'only' about 30% under the current Labour government. This sort of thing is known in government ... More >>

Has NZ and Thailand Signed an FTA?

Tuesday, 7 December 2004, 9:10 am | Importers Institute

Before Australia signed a free trade deal with the US, Prime Minister Helen Clark said in a speech delivered in New York on 13 December 2002, "While it would not be the intention of either the United States Administration or the Australian ... More >>





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