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Chinese Customs officers examine


Random examinations of shipments by foreign Customs Departments do occur prior to shipping.


The top countries for this to happen are China and the United States.


These export examinations are normally user-pays and costs are incurred by our agents which are passed on to us to retrieve from the N.Z importer.


Delays are part and parcel with this process. 


How-ever ‘unjust’ these costs appear they are legitimate. 


We sympathise, but are not in a position to negotiate.


Note: Currently motorbikes and vehicles from the U.S are especially susceptible to Customs examinations at present. Including, but not isolated to, having the entire container taken from ships side – unloaded, inspected and re-loaded – at considerable cost in time and money to the N.Z importer of the targeted car/bike.



Asian Sea-Freight rates remain good value, so a small increase i.e. U.S Dollars 5.00 per metre isn’t the end of the world.  

If you possess one of our funky Asian Menus put ‘Add USD 5.00 a metre’ in big black felt on the cover. 


Tip: The number one key to purchasing ex Asia is to buy ‘Free On Board’


What is a stink-bug? 

It’s an insect pest, short for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug and MPI have targeted them previously.

 Just from the U.S it has to be said. 


Now it’s looking like Italy will be added as an ‘at risk’ country as well.


Who will be targeted and require fumigation? 


There is no definitive list of goods.


Based-on last years experience any sort of second hand goods, machinery and car parts.


MPI make the ultimate decision.


Fumigation costs are user pays.



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