Logistic and forwarding services in New Zealand

New Zealand

Capital City

4,43 Mio.

National languages
English, Maori, Sign language

New Zealand Dollar (N$)

Gross national product (GNP)
USD 169.8 Mrd.

GNP per person
USD 38’255

Financial exports to Switzerland
CHF 215.27 Mio..

Financial imports from Switzerland
CHF 83.11 Mio.


Bilateral relations Switzerland–New Zealand

Switzerland has good, but not particularly intensive, relations with New Zealand. Trade between New Zealand and Switzerland is marginal.


Economic cooperation

Neither in New Zealand nor in Switzerland is there a joint chamber of commerce. In 2011, Switzerland imported goods worth approximately 87 million CHF, representing 0.05% of its total volume of imports. In contrast, Swiss exports amounted to 199 million CHF, corresponding to 0.1% of Switzerland’s total volume of exports. Switzerland consistently has a positive trade balance with New Zealand.


Business language



Dimensions and weights

Metric system.



National currency New Zealand Dollar (N$) = 100 Cents (c)

ISO code: NZD


Customs tariff

Harmonised system, customs clearance based on the transaction value (FOB value).


Import control

All goods can be imported without a licence with the exception of this which are subject to the industrial development plan. The customs processing for all goods imported by air and valued at 1.000 NZD will be carried out electronically by the customs office. Licences for goods which require these must be obtained before the goods are shipped. There are strict regulations on the import of seeds and a ban on import applies in the case of non-compliance. There has been an authorisation obligation under narcotics law since 01/05/2012 for the import and export of tapentadol (

There are no limits on the import and export of domestic and foreign currency.

Standard VAT rate: 15%


Terms of payment and tenders

New Zealand importers prefer tenders on a CIF basis.

Standard letters of credit or in individual cases documents against payment. Invoices in EUR or GBP.


Designations of origin

Designations of origin on commercial invoices; misleading statements prohibited.



Standard marking; foods and chemicals are subject to special labelling features.

Evidence must be provided of the origin of clothes and shoes.



Seaworthy packaging. Hay, straw and chaff may not be used as packaging materials. A corresponding declaration must be made on the customs invoices.

Take the quarantine regulations into account when using wood as a packaging material. The import of used sacks and bags is prohibited.

Comply with the regulations for containers. Ask the freight forwarder.

Sign boxes with the trademark and number including the port of loading in letters of at least 5 cm.

Comply with the regulations on food labelling; the regulations change depending on the requirements. (In the case of any doubts, information can be provided by the Food Manufacturers Association Inc., P.O.Box 11 543, Wellington, Fax: 00644 4733004.)

ISPM no. 15 applicable.


Product samples

Duty free if they have no retail value.

Carnet A.T.A. procedure possible.


Shipping and accompanying documents

Standard and for

a) Commercial invoices (3 copies) in English must include extensive information including the country of origin.

b) Certification: none. Bills of lading uncertified.

c) Certificates of origin are not required

d) Postal packages up to 31.5 kg: 1 foreign dispatch note, 1 customs declaration in English.

e) When exporting foods the naming and labelling regulations must be complied with.