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Recovering the cost of border processing services through the Border Processing Levy

About this consultation

The Ministry for Primary Industries and the New Zealand Customs Service (NZ Customs) are consulting on options to reset the Border Processing Levy (BPL) to recover the costs associated with clearing international travellers.

We would like to hear your views on the options detailed in the consultation document.

Full details are on the NZ Customs website. Submissions close at 9am on Friday, 2 July 2021.

Who might be affected by the proposed changes?

NZ Customs and Biosecurity New Zealand welcome feedback from the public, particularly from those potentially affected by the options in the consultation document, such as:

  • people intending to arrive or depart New Zealand
  • international airlines and cruise ship operators
  • operators of other aircraft carrying passengers arriving or departing New Zealand
  • owners of private marine craft that may arrive or depart New Zealand
  • other businesses and organisations that may be affected by the impact of levy rate changes on the number of travellers arriving and departing New Zealand
  • taxpayers.

About the Border Processing Levy

The Border Processing Levy has been in place since 2016. It is a charge on travellers to ensure the right resources are in place to keep New Zealand safe from biosecurity and Customs’ risks, including harmful pests, people, and dangerous substances.