New Zealand High Commission Canberra, Australia

Customs Minister announces trans-Tasman time release study

On 10 November, Customs Minister Maurice Williamson, and Brendan O'Connor, Australia's Minister for Home Affairs, announced the release of the first trans-Tasman time release study (TRS) which looked at how quickly imported cargo is released by Customs.

The study highlights the performance of each country's Customs Service and has measured and mapped the clearance process for exports and imports traded between both countries.

Key findings from the study show New Zealand Customs clears cargo for release efficiently with most imported cargo from Australia cleared for release prior to the arrival of the vessel it is aboard. The Australia-New Zealand CER contributes to this faster processing, with cargo from Australia cleared faster than that from other countries.

The Trans-Tasman time release study is available on the New Zealand Customs Service website.

More information can be found at the Beehive website.

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