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Parcel-PostYou go on-line and purchase some books ex Amazon which duly arrive at your doorstep G.S.T free, with no border costs.

Now just imagine the Government changes the law, creates an ‘even playing-field’ situation when it comes to imports.

You’ll need to now add the N.Z Customs Import Transaction Fee of $25.44 a MPI Biosecurity levy, which with GST totals $49.24.

After-all these costs are paid by the N.Z Publishing Agents for the books when they import their stock – so it’s only fair the rules should be consistent.

And why should a private importer get their goods Customs Cleared free by the state when a commercial importer has to employ a Customs Broker or go to the trouble themselves?

So on to that $49.24 you will need to add say another $75.00 = NZ$125.00 on top of the price of anything crossing the border.

But wait there’s more!

Then there’s the 15% G.S.T itself that’s payable not just on the books but the freight as well.

Those books suddenly don’t look such a good deal.

The Government can’t simply exempt one set of importers from the costs of border control, collection of taxes when this sector is so large, and growing.

Yes, this is ‘a can of worms’ but politicians need to act consistently and fairly.

Further to our article posted on 06th May regarding MPI’s campaign to prevent Stink Bug importation from the United States the current reality for all importers of vehicles and machinery parts sourced and shipped from the USA is: your product will require fumigation.

Shipped = Sea Freighted.

The costs incurred undertaking fumigation we are trying to diminish by ‘mass fumigation’ of MPI targeted goods rather than fumigating every single shipment.

Mass fumigation allows us to split the cost amongst several importers.

It may however mean a delay to the delivery, but we can let you choose which avenue you wish to pursue and the costs involved.

Chris and Rhonda here will keep you in the picture on a case-by-case basis.

For reasons that defy logic Air-Freight consignments have currently escaped this regime.

Evidently stink-bugs, despite their wings, don’t like flying.

We don’t make the rules here – we just play to them.


Due to a big clampdown and audit by MPI Quarantine on Non-Heat treated pallets we are reminding you to instruct your suppliers to use Heat Treated or Plastic pallets only.

If freight is not loaded on an authorised pallet and arrives into NZ on non-Heat Treated pallets you may face a bill of NZ$200.00 for either fumigation or destruction costs by MPI Quarantine.

For this reason if Non-Heat Treated pallets do arrive into our partners in e LAX – DGX ‘s warehouse these non-compliant pallets will now automatically be transferred to plastic pallets at a cost of NZ$50.00 to yourselves.

DGX are also going to re-acquaint the shippers the HT regulations at their end to avoid this occurring.

We are trying to work in your best interests to minimise any delays and costs once your freight arrives into NZ. If you have any questions regarding this email please do not hesitate to contact either Adrienne or Jamie to discuss.

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