New Zealand Customs Service - Latest News [Page 2]

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 >>

Woman jailed for smuggling meth-filled condoms

Wednesday, 23 May 2018, 11:12 am | New Zealand Customs Service

A 49-year-old dual New Zealand-American citizen has been sentenced in the Christchurch District Court to three and a half years’ jail for organising female associates to smuggle methamphetamine inside their bodies from Hawaii in December 2015. More >>

Airport arrest nets $1.3m worth of cocaine

Wednesday, 16 May 2018, 4:18 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

A 46-year-old man has been arrested after Customs officers found around 3kg of cocaine hidden in a false bottom suitcase at Auckland Airport. More >>

Customs arrests man for importing child sex doll

Thursday, 10 May 2018, 4:07 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

Customs has arrested a 57-year-old Timaru man, marking New Zealand’s first prosecution for the importation of a child sex doll. More >>

Another drug courier sentenced for cocaine smuggling

Thursday, 10 May 2018, 12:33 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

A Brazilian man who pleaded guilty for importing cocaine has been sentenced to seven years and eight months’ jail at the Manukau District Court. More >>

Customs warns online child exploitation offenders

Friday, 27 April 2018, 10:19 am | New Zealand Customs Service

Customs is warning tech-savvy online offenders they will be caught, with three men arrested in separate stings across the country this month for trading child exploitation material. More >>

Smuggling methamphetamine packages earns hefty sentence

Friday, 13 April 2018, 10:29 am | New Zealand Customs Service

A Vietnamese man who pleaded guilty to smuggling multiple packages of methamphetamine sent from Canada, and possession for supply of a class A drug, has been jailed for 10 years with a minimum non-parole period of four years, at the Auckland District ... More >>

New Customs law good news for everyone

Tuesday, 3 April 2018, 10:18 am | New Zealand Customs Service

The new Customs and Excise Act will enable Customs to adapt to a changing world and is good news for everyone in New Zealand, the Acting Comptroller of Customs, Christine Stevenson, said today. More >>



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