On 1 June 2018, the New Zealand Customs Service announced The annual adjustment to the levy rates on alcoholic beverages will take place on 1 July 2018.

The current and new HPA rates are:

Class

Current HPA rates to 30 June 2018

New HPA rates from 1 July 2018

A – 1.15–2.5 % alcohol 0.5409 cents per litre 0.5308 cents per litre
B – 2.5–6 % alcohol 1.6152 cents per litre 1.6111 cents per litre
C – 6–9% alcohol 2.8847 cents per litre 2.8308 cents per litre
D – 9–14% alcohol 3.6059 cents per litre 3.5385 cents per litre
E – 13-23% alcohol 6.4281 cents per litre 6.4722 cents per litre
F – more than 23% alcohol 12.4064 cents per litre 13.6100 cents per litre

The Legislative Instrument that provides for these new rates is the New Zealand Public Health and Disability (Health Promotion Agency Levy) Order 2018.

Alcoholic beverages removed from a licensed manufacturing area or imported after midnight on 30 June 2018 will be subject to the new rates.