NZ flouts low value imports


package, mail, fragile, boxNew Zealand authorities are tracking parcel cheats who don’t declare the correct value of the goods they’re sending to New Zealand.

Customs Minister, Maurice Williamson, says the senders try to get their goods in as express delivery low value imports.

In one case, electronic parts imported from the US were declared at $NZ326 ($A286) and discovered to have a value of $NZ24,304.

A Customs operation examined 2562 consignments and found 733 were above the low value threshold.

“High value goods are being misdescribed and under valued to speed up border clearance and evade duty,” Williamson said.

“A total of $158,000 in lost revenue has been collected as a result of this operation.”

The express delivery system is designed for clearing low value goods when revenue owed is less than $NZ60, and therefore is not collected.

“Everything from expensive electronics to aircraft parts is coming in under the guise of being low-value goods,” he said.

“The false declaration is usually made overseas at the point of dispatch and local freight companies submit this information to Customs,” adding NZ Customs is keeping a close watch.


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