On 30 June 2016, the New Zealand Customs Service (NZCS) reported that imports of low-value goods (under NZ$1000) into New Zealand have been growing steadily, especially with the rise of online shopping, and said this is expected to continue.
NZCS has been exploring whether it is possible to change the shape and level of the de minimis – the level under which tax is not collected for imported (physical) goods. This is currently set at $60 duty owing (GST inclusive).
Over the last six months, Customs has consulted with key industry and partner agencies, and will continue to carry out further work to develop its proposals.
Following an update to Cabinet on Monday 27 June, Government has agreed to issue a public statement, identifying intentions to:
- move to a de minimis defined by the value of the consignment
- potentially make a reduction to the de minimis in the future
- undertake further work with industry to develop new collection mechanisms.
For more information on the work carried out to date, the following documents are available for your information:
- Cabinet Paper presented to Cabinet on 27 June 2016
- Report from the NZ Institute of Economic Research Inc.: GST on low-value goods – detailed policy proposals
- Report from UMR Research: New Zealand Customs – Consumer motivation for purchases of low-value goods.
This is not at a public consultation stage yet. No changes will be made without the opportunity for everyone to have a say when a proposal is finalised and presented.