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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 targeted N.Z importer.

Delays are regrettably part & parcel with this process. 

Our agents are but by-standers.

Required to pay Customs Examination Fees ‘up-front’ to enable to shipment to move.

In extreme cases this can involve the retrieval from ships-side & unloading of an entire container.

However ‘unjust’ these costs appear - they are legitimate. 

We do sympathise.

However, we are not in-a position to negotiate.

We need to pass these costs on. 

Recent Examples of where examinations have been requested: Motorbike spares ex the U.S and Medical Equipment ex China.


All New Zealanders have a lot of things racing-around in our heads right now.

Here at Gateway Cargo we remain optimistic things will return to normal fairly-quickly after the lock-down is lifted.

It won’t be too long till we will all be-back to normality.

A good coffee, beer with your mates, teams passing balls around.

As an essential service Gateway Cargo Systems remains open during the entire period.

You can still phone the office if you’d like to chat.

Paul will do his best to answer your queries.

Alternatively, you can always connect via email and we’ll get straight back-to-you.

In-coming shipments are currently being handled on a shipment-by-shipment basis.

Remember: Global Sea-Freight is to a great degree, operating normally.

We anticipate Sea-Freight will be ‘the lifeblood’ of N.Z Trade for some-time.

Until passenger numbers increase to the point airlines can return to our airports & aircraft cargo space is increased accordingly.

Together we will get through the storm.

Thanks for your trust in Gateway Cargo Systems.

It’s genuinely appreciated.


Epidemic Response Committee Meeting Minutes Wednesday 01st April

Question: David Seymour asks Twyford about containers that are not being unloaded if they don't contain essential goods. He says this is bringing down the whole system as they are taking up space needed at a cost to logistics firms.

Answer: Phil Twyford says there is no rule against containers being unloaded with non-essential goods, despite some "unhelpful" reporting on this.

He makes absolutely clear that anything needed to get containers out of port that are essential would itself be essential.

It's the rest of the logistics industry for non-essential goods that is not.

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