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Customs seizes 100kgs methamphetamine and arrests two men

Friday, 26 July 2019, 4:19 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

Two Australian men in their mid-twenties are scheduled to appear in the Auckland District Court today charged with importing and possessing between 70 and 100 kilograms of methamphetamine, hidden inside plastic storage pallets. Based on the New Zealand ... More >>

Travelling child sex offender jailed

Thursday, 11 July 2019, 3:21 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

A 33-year-old Auckland man has been sentenced to six and a half years’ imprisonment for crimes relating to child sexual exploitation images and videos, including production. He was sentenced in the Waitakere District Court yesterday (10 July 2019). More >>

Two men arrested in Tauranga for 25kgs of ephedrine

Tuesday, 2 July 2019, 6:52 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

Two men appeared in the Tauranga District Court today after being arrested for the importation and possession of 25 kilograms of ephedrine, a precursor to methamphetamine. More >>

Hamilton man arrested for child sexual abuse publications

Tuesday, 2 July 2019, 8:59 am | New Zealand Customs Service

A 51-year-old Hamilton man, who returned from an overseas holiday last week, has been arrested and charged with importing child sexual abuse publications. He appeared in the Hamilton District Court last Friday afternoon (28 June), and further charges ... More >>

Customs arrests passengers after 22kgs of drugs found

Monday, 6 May 2019, 3:15 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

Four individuals are appearing in the Manukau District Court today after Customs officers discovered a total of around 22 kilograms of cocaine and methamphetamine in their suitcases, in two separate incidents at Auckland Airport yesterday. More >>

Customs arrests two men for child exploitation material

Tuesday, 16 April 2019, 10:37 am | New Zealand Customs Service

In the past week, Customs has arrested two men in relation to child sexual abuse images. A 44-year-old New Zealand man appeared in the Nelson District Court on Monday, after a Customs investigation linked him to the online trading of child sexual abuse ... More >>

New instant fines for minor offences

Tuesday, 26 March 2019, 4:14 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

From 1 April 2019, individuals and businesses will be subject to a new range of instant fines if they are found breaching Customs requirements. More >>

Customs seizes 110 kgs of methamphetamine and handguns

Monday, 25 February 2019, 11:50 am | New Zealand Customs Service

Two men are scheduled to appear in the Auckland District Court this afternoon after attempting to smuggle 110 kilograms of methamphetamine and two handguns into New Zealand inside golf cart batteries. More >>

Customs arrangement with Hong Kong to benefit NZ trade

Monday, 25 February 2019, 10:48 am | New Zealand Customs Service

The formal implementation of a Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) between New Zealand and Hong Kong will bring significant benefits to New Zealand exporters, Bill Perry, Acting Comptroller of Customs said today. More >>

eGates open to travellers from Singapore

Tuesday, 12 February 2019, 3:07 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

Travellers from Singapore can use the Customs eGates from today. Acting Deputy Comptroller of Customs, Murray Young, said expanding eGates to more nationalities helps manage the increasing number of travellers arriving in and departing from New Zealand. “Customs ... More >>

Brazilian drug trafficker sentenced to 6 years 3 months

Wednesday, 5 December 2018, 9:41 am | New Zealand Customs Service

A Brazilian woman who tried to smuggle almost one kilo of cocaine into New Zealand was sentenced to 6 years and 3 months in prison yesterday afternoon. Twenty-three year-old Pamela Nascimento was stopped and questioned by Customs following her arrival ... More >>

1.8 million smuggled cigarettes seized

Wednesday, 28 November 2018, 10:48 am | New Zealand Customs Service

A Customs investigation has resulted in the seizure of around 1.8 million smuggled cigarettes and cash estimated to be over $2 million. As a result of this investigation, the NZ Police have also restrained multiple properties, luxury cars and bank accounts. More >>

Customs improves the cruise ship passenger arrival

Thursday, 8 November 2018, 10:24 am | New Zealand Customs Service

Customs has removed enroute processing and reduced the arrival processing time for cruise ship passengers travelling from Australia to New Zealand on a New Zealand, Australian or visa-waiver eligible passport. More >>

No international departure cards from Monday 5 November

Friday, 2 November 2018, 2:45 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

From Monday, 5 November 2018, international travellers will no longer have to complete departure cards when leaving New Zealand. Terry Brown, Customs Group Manager Border Operations says, “The removal of the departure cards aligns with international ... More >>

Customs arrests man for multiple drug import offences

Thursday, 11 October 2018, 3:26 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

A Fijian national with New Zealand permanent residency was arrested by Customs today and charged with multiple drug importation offences. More >>

Customs legislation change positive

Tuesday, 25 September 2018, 12:47 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

Customs legislation change positive for business and public alike New Customs legislation to support border compliance and the country’s economy will come into force on 1 October. The Customs and Excise Act 2018 replaces the current outdated and much-amended ... More >>

Canadian sentenced for methamphetamine in toner cartridges

Wednesday, 12 September 2018, 6:37 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

A 28-year-old Canadian passport holder here on ‘holiday’ was sentenced to eight and a half years’ imprisonment in the Manukau District Court today for importing and possessing 17.9 kilograms of methamphetamine. He will serve at least half of ... More >>

Kiwi man jailed for importing meth and firearm possession

Tuesday, 4 September 2018, 5:11 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

The sentencing of a 33-year-old New Zealand man proves the quantity doesn’t matter when it comes to importing drugs. More >>

New Plymouth winemakers ordered to pay more than $15,000

Tuesday, 31 July 2018, 2:23 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

New Plymouth winemakers of Sentry Hill Winery and Sur Le Mur wines were convicted on Friday in the New Plymouth District Court and have been ordered to pay more than $13,500 in reparations and fined $2,000 for unlawfully manufacturing and selling ... More >>

Rajax putting his paws up after six years

Friday, 27 July 2018, 9:13 am | New Zealand Customs Service

Customs Detector dog Rajax is hanging up his harness and heading into a well-earned retirement, after nearly six years on the job during which he detected 75 kilograms of drugs and over $3.3 million in undeclared cash. Rajax started working with Customs ... More >>