Excise credit claims
Assisted a manufacturer with an issue that has arisen on its entitlement to claim excise credits. The credits related to stock removed from the manufacturer’s Auckland manufacturing site and sent to Christchurch, but was then subsequently returned to Auckland. The issue involved consideration of the relevant law and meetings with New Zealand Customs.
Various clients vs New Zealand Customs Service
Successfully acted for a number of parties in respect of whom improper entries and contravention of the anti-money laundering legislation was alleged by the New Zealand Customs Service. All seized money has now been returned to our clients and interest paid to them.
Duty credits claim
Advised a local manufacturer on the entitlement to claim duty credits in respect of product removed from a local manufacturing site and then returned for reprocessing or resale.
Customs treatment of drones
Advised an offshore firm on the customs treatment and local regulations applicable to surveillance drones imported for commercial use in New Zealand.
Advised various multinational corporations on the New Zealand Customs and local regulatory implications of proposed global restructures, including valuation aspects, documentation requirements, importer registrations and local product sale regulatory requirements.
Import and manufacture
Advising a number of importers and manufacturers on key aspects of the review of the customs legislation and preparing submissions on behalf of relevant parties.
Assisted various parties with audits by New Zealand Customs on their values adopted for customs duty purposes and whether other payments should have been included in those values. Where applicable, we assist importers with making annual submissions to New Zealand Customs to determine an appropriate uplift that should be applied to the value of current imports.
Successfully applied for rulings and determinations from New Zealand Customs on the tariff classification and application of free trade agreements to imports.
Successfully intervened on a number of occasions where importers have had their goods seized by New Zealand Customs as a result of incorrect import and export procedures. Our assistance led to the relevant goods being returned and the threat of penalties being lifted.
Drafted the Rules of Origin for the Pacific Island Countries Trade Agreement, a trading alliance of South West Pacific Island nations.
Acted in many anti-dumping investigations in New Zealand and several offshore. New Zealand investigations have included acting for the local industries and acting for parties manufacturing outside of New Zealand or exporters and importers into New Zealand.
Advised a multinational on potential claims against the New Zealand Government under various international treaties in respect of proposed new regulation of consumer goods.
LPG supply agreement
Advised on the customs and excise implications of a sale of LPG from a manufacturer to an exporter.