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Commercial Exports

Routine Exports (ocean or air freight)

We serve our customers who are exporting goods from New Zealand in commercial quantities by providing:

Freight Brokerage

  • Identifying and reserving space for your exported goods with a reliable carrier at reasonable and competitive rates
  • Ensuring that your goods are collected within New Zealand, loaded in proper time and in sound order, and shipped to the agreed place of delivery at the country of destination.

Customs Brokerage

  • Completing the export entry clearance formalities prior to export of the goods using industry standard software known as Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) to complete a formal export entry.
  • Obtaining additional export permits or clearances, depending on the type of goods and the final country of destination.
  • Obtaining the Delivery Order allowing your goods to be loaded for export.
  • Obtaining a customs duty drawback or a refund, if appropriate.

For export goods with a value less than NZ$1,000 we will use the simplified Electronic Cargo Information (ECI) approach.

For new exporters, we can assist you in a obtaining a "client code" (company identification number for customs purposes). We can also deploy new standard operating procedures with you to ensure that the export clearance is lodged less than nine hours prior to loading in the case of air freight, and less than 48 hours prior to loading in the case of ocean freight.

We also ensure that our exporting customers comply with the biosecurity requirements of the recently formed Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI).

Enhanced Market Access

New Zealand, as an export-driven economy, has for the past 15 years been negotiating Free Trade Agreements with several trading partners. These FTA cover many areas, including trade in goods, trade in services, investment, intellectual property, government procurement and the like.

International studies have shown that FTAs can reduce the landed cost of goods by 3% to 7%. Use of an FTA can also help to offset the negative effects of a high New Zealand Dollar.

Freight Services Limited assists and/or advises customers to obtain Certificates of Origin from the competent authority: Independent Verification Services Ltd, New Zealand Chambers of Commerce Inc; and the Wine Institute of New Zealand Ltd. Unless there has been a waiver granted by the destination country, your customer in the destination market will most likely require this Certificate of Origin in order to import and benefit from a lower (0%) customs duty rate. Alternatively, you may be able to use a Declaration of Origin and provide this to your overseas customer.

Hong Kong and Singapore are ‘free ports’ so your goods exported to these markets should already enjoy a 0% customs duty rate upon entry.

Certificates of Origin and/or Declarations of Origin are more relevant when exporting goods to the following markets:

  • Australia (Closer Economic Relationship) - 1983
  • China (Free Trade Agreement) - 2008
  • ASEAN (Free Trade Agreement) - 2010

ASEAN refers to the ASEAN – Australian – New Zealand Free Trade Agreement and ASEAN itself includes 10 member nations: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. New Zealand has also entered into separate bilateral Free Trade Agreements with certain ASEAN members, which may yield greater benefits.

New Zealand is currently negotiating or considering Free Trade Agreements with the following countries:

  • Gulf Cooperation Council (concluded but not yet signed), including Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Qatar
  • Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership, including Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Malaysia, Peru, Singapore, the United States, and Vietnam
  • Russia-Belarus-Kazakhstan
  • India
  • Korea
  • Japan

In principle, slight discrepancies between the wording and detail stated on the Certificate of Origin or Declaration of Origin that your Customer submits to their Customs administration in the destination market, if of no material effect, should not cause their claim for preferential tariff treatment to be denied. However, in practice, it is not always that simple, so ensuring consistency in all documentation is essential in order to reap the benefits.

Secure Exports Scheme (SES)

Exporters may attain greater certainty and minimise unnecessary delays for your overseas Customers by voluntarily joining SES. Under SES, your exports should not be tampered with, sabotaged, smuggled, or subjected to other trans-national crimes. New Zealand has entered into Mutual Recognition Arrangements (MRAs) with the United States, Japan, and the Republic of Korea. Under SES, when your products enter these destination markets you should be categorised as 'low-security risk' meaning less likelihood of inspection, therefore a smoother customs clearance process for your customer. Freight Services Limited can assist you to participate in the SES scheme, as may be appropriate.

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