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New Zealand Customs Service - Latest News [Page 2]

New Zealand Paper Arrival Card Goes Digital

Tuesday, 11 July 2023, 11:18 am | New Zealand Customs Service

Travellers arriving into Wellington or Christchurch airports now have the option to complete a digital arrival declaration instead of a paper Passenger Arrival Card. Customs is leading the new digital declaration, working alongside the Ministry of ... More >>

Customs Arrests Three For Smuggling Half Million Cigarettes

Thursday, 15 June 2023, 10:46 am | New Zealand Customs Service

Customs has arrested three Malaysian nationals for their involvement in smuggling nearly 500,000 cigarettes into New Zealand, evading approximately $675,000 in tobacco taxes. The two men and one woman are scheduled to appear in the North Shore District ... More >>

Strengthening Relations With Thailand

Tuesday, 6 June 2023, 3:06 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

A visit by officials from the Thai Office of Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) is being welcomed as an opportunity to strengthen a key bilateral relationship and support ongoing work to combat the illicit transnational narcotics trade in the Asia-Pacific ... More >>

Streamlining Trade With Thailand

Tuesday, 30 May 2023, 9:36 am | New Zealand Customs Service

Trade between New Zealand and Thailand is set to become easier, bringing advantages to traders between the two economies, thanks to a new Customs arrangement signed yesterday (29 May 2023). Christine Stevenson, Comptroller and Chief Executive of ... More >>

Methamphetamine Drug Courier Jailed In Customs-led Case

Wednesday, 24 May 2023, 2:06 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

The 28-year-old man Customs identified as the key organiser in an attempt to smuggle methamphetamine from the United States of America in a suitcase during the middle of COVID-19 lockdown has today been jailed for seven years and three months. Customs ... More >>

Cocaine Seized At Auckland Airport

Wednesday, 26 April 2023, 4:52 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

A foreign national has appeared in the Manukau District Court today, after Customs arrested her at Auckland International Airport on Tuesday (25 April), for attempting to smuggle approximately 3.25 kilograms of cocaine and 2.25 litres of liquid cocaine. ... More >>

Customs Seizes Cocaine After Ship Docks In Tauranga

Friday, 21 April 2023, 3:56 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

Customs officers have located what is believed to be approximately 50 kilograms of cocaine hidden on a ship which docked in Tauranga this morning (21 April 2023). Customs’ Maritime Group found the drugs as part of an onboard inspection of a freighter ... More >>

Customs Publishes Cargo Clearance Study

Wednesday, 1 March 2023, 10:31 am | New Zealand Customs Service

The New Zealand Customs Service has published its latest Time Release Study (TRS), which looks at how quickly imports and exports are cleared in Aotearoa New Zealand. The Study analysed Customs’ performance in moving cargo through our border, measuring ... More >>

Customs Arrest Rotorua Man For Child Sexual Abuse Materials

Friday, 10 February 2023, 11:29 am | New Zealand Customs Service

A 33-year-old Rotorua man has been arrested by Customs yesterday for possessing and importing child sexual abuse materials. He is scheduled to appear in Court today (10 February), facing a maximum penalty of ten years’ imprisonment. Customs investigators ... More >>

Christchurch Man Jailed For Child Sexual Abuse Materials

Tuesday, 24 January 2023, 2:58 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

A 59-year-old Christchurch man has been sentenced to four years and one month of imprisonment in the Christchurch District Court today on charges of exporting and possessing child sexual abuse publications. Customs arrested the Merivale man at ... More >>

Customs Arrests Wairarapa Man For Objectionable Publications

Monday, 23 January 2023, 5:28 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

Customs arrested a Wairarapa man at the weekend for the possession and importation of objectionable publications that depict the sexual abuse of children. The defendant has appeared at a special hearing at Wellington District Court this morning. The ... More >>

Customs Makes Two Arrests For Alleged Auckland Airport Backpack Drug Smuggling

Friday, 18 November 2022, 2:44 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

Customs has arrested two airport baggage handlers in connection with an attempt to smuggle 4.6 kilograms of methamphetamine through Auckland International Airport. The men, aged 23 and 19, are scheduled to appear in the Manukau District Court on ... More >>

Christchurch Man Gets 16 Years’ Jail For Drug Smuggling And Money Laundering

Thursday, 3 November 2022, 4:06 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

Thirty-two-year-old Sami Zagros was sentenced to 16 years in jail at the High Court in Christchurch today on a series of drug smuggling, money laundering and related charges resulting from an extensive Customs-led investigation in 2018. Customs Investigations ... More >>

Man Jailed For 10 Years For Failed Drug Smuggling Attempt

Friday, 14 October 2022, 3:39 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

Auckland man, Eleazar Tahuriorangi, 33, has been sentenced to 10 years’ jail for attempting to smuggle 13.1 kilograms of methamphetamine hidden in hydraulic jacks. His involvement was uncovered in investigations led by the National Organised Crime ... More >>

Customs Makes A Further Arrest Over Methamphetamine In Suitcase

Friday, 14 October 2022, 2:46 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

A 39-year Auckland man has been arrested on suspicion of involvement in smuggling methamphetamine into New Zealand, following Customs’ search of a Māngere address this morning. This morning’s arrest relates to the alleged importation of the Class ... More >>

Customs Makes A Further Arrest Over Methamphetamine In Suitcase

Friday, 14 October 2022, 2:27 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

A 39-year Auckland man has been arrested on suspicion of involvement in smuggling methamphetamine into New Zealand, following Customs’ search of a Māngere address this morning. This morning’s arrest relates to the alleged importation of the Class ... More >>

Arrest Follows International Tip-offs To Customs Over Child Exploitation Material

Friday, 7 October 2022, 3:38 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

Customs investigations have led to the arrest of a 39-year-old man in Auckland on Friday (7 October 2022) for allegedly uploading and distributing objectionable material online, which depicts the sexual exploitation of children. Customs’ Child Exploitation ... More >>

Auckland Man Lands Community Detention For Fashion Imports

Wednesday, 27 July 2022, 3:32 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

Auckland man Dongguan Kang was today sentenced in Auckland District Court to 3 months electronically monitored community detention for defrauding Customs revenue. He had been undervaluing clothing and shoes which he imported for resale through his fashion ... More >>

Mutual Recognition Arrangement To Ease Trade With The United Kingdom

Monday, 4 July 2022, 1:46 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

A new Customs arrangement between New Zealand and the United Kingdom (UK) will make it easier for our exporters to access one of New Zealand’s largest export markets, Christine Stevenson, Customs Comptroller and Chief Executive said today. A Mutual ... More >>

Jail Term For $4.9 Million Tobacco Fraudster

Friday, 1 July 2022, 1:43 pm | New Zealand Customs Service

A man was sentenced in the Auckland District Court today on charges of defrauding the revenue of Customs and money laundering after being linked to two shipments containing a total of 4.2 million cigarettes. 38-year-old man Hoong Ping Lee was sentenced to ... More >>

   

 
 
 
 
 

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