Feedback on Changes to the Customs (Export Entry) Rules 1997

  • Date Added: 18th July 2016 from ExportNZ

  • On 1 October 2016 a change to the Customs (Export Entry) Rules 1997 (the rules) will come into effect. 

    From this date it will be necessary for exporters to enter Certificate of Origin (COO) numbers (where obtained) for goods being exported to China under the China – New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (CNZFTA) in the export entry declaration, where tariff preference is being requested.

    The benefit of this change is that it will help streamline legitimate trade into China by making all information related to each export available to the General Administration of China Customs (GACC) at the time of export. This will mean that any documentation queries raised upon importation can be actioned from one source in a timely manner. 

    The change to the rules requires COO numbers to be entered under 'Other Information' in the entry header field, with the code 'COO' and the certificate number without the full stops (e.g. 'COO' – '12123412345'). In situations where the COO number cannot be obtained before lodging the entry, it will be necessary to amend the entry to reflect the correct information after the Customs Export Delivery Order is generated.

    Brokers and declarants will need to check that their entry lodgement system is able to accept the new code.
    This process does not replace the requirement for COOs to be presented to GACC for New Zealand origin preference. Rather, it provides another layer of assurance so any queries can be addressed quickly and accurately, reducing the risk of delays for clearance of goods in China. 

    It is expected that the process will become applicable for exports to all FTA partner countries in the near future. This additional amendment will be communicated to industry separately.

    The change to the Customs (Export Entry) Rules 1997 is a requirement for New Zealand Customs, and is not a result of the Joint Electronic Verification System (JEVS) which is being developed in conjunction with China Customs. Export Entry data is stored by New Zealand Customs, whereas information within the COO provided by the authorised issuing body will be pushed to China Customs via JEVS.

    Customs want to ensure that communications are initiated early to identify any potential challenges. Any feedback you have regarding the changes would be appreciated by Friday July 29 2016 and can be sent to with the subject "Export Entry Rules".


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