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New Zealand: Out with the old Act and in with the new!

Out with the old and in with the new

A review of New Zealand’s Customs and Excise Act 1996 (“the previous Act”) commenced in 2013, to address parts of the previous Act that dated up to 100 years old.After extensive discussions with stakeholders and industry professionals, the new Customs and Excise bill was introduced in November 2016. On the 22 March 2018, it passed its third reading in Parliament and has now received Royal assent.

Why the change?

As mentioned, the previous Act was, in many respects, outdated and in need of review. The Customs and Excise Act 2018 (“the Act”) will enable the New Zealand Customs Service (“NZ Customs”) to keep up with the rapid changes in international trade, travel, security, and technology.

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Topics: South Pacific

ChAFTA. What’s in it? (Part Two)

ChAFTA The ChAFTA will also open doors for investment projects and create new jobs thus boosting the economy.

The jobs, however, seem to be creating serious concerns amongst Australian labor force. The Australian Union, who was campaigning against ChAFTA, is arguing that the easing of labor market restrictions will inevitably jeopardize Aussie jobs and flood the country with unskilled workers. This is of course is a political debate that continues as I type these words; not for a humble trade consultant to comment on!

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Topics: Export Compliance, Asia, South Pacific

ChAFTA. What’s in it? (Part One)

ChAFTA The long discussed, debated, and awaited China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA), which was first proposed in 1999 and since then has been in the works, was finally signed on June 17, 2015 in Canberra.

With China-Australia FTA having been the third in the quick succession of three FTAs Australia signed with its major trading partners, Korea, Japan and China in almost one year, Australia's exports and GDP are predicted to grow significantly.

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Topics: Export Compliance, Asia, South Pacific