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Just Arrived in NZ => Furniture & Appliances => Topic started by: Claudi on May 23, 2008, 12:23:35 pm

Title: CHANGE TO GST REGULATIONS ON IMPORTED PERSONAL EFFECTS
Post by: Claudi on May 23, 2008, 12:23:35 pm
I got this e-mail via the Protea Pacific site:  I thought it would interest you all.

 In February this year regulations changed around who has to pay Goods and Services Tax (GST) on personal goods arriving in New Zealand.

 Ever since then, there has been a tremendous amount of confusion amongst shipping companies, their agencies, clients and the Customs Department themselves (who implement the rules).  This confusion and inconsistency within the Customs Department is causing clients some grief.

 The rule change that came into force in February appeared to indicate, that if you hold a 12 month Work Permit or Permanent Residency when your goods arrived, you would be exempt from paying GST on the New Zealand dollar declared market value of your goods.  That is how most Customs Officers interpreted the change anyway.

It appears to be a little more complicated than that and it is your status when you first arrived in New Zealand that is important and not your status when your container arrives.

 Therefore, the rule as it should be interpreted and implemented is, that if your container arrives in New Zealand and you do not have a Residence Permit, the GST is payable.  The only exception to this are people who arrived in New Zealand on a Work Visa, i.e. you had a job offer here and travelled to New Zealand on a Work Visa (or you have an Open Work Visa issued on the basis of a relationship to a New Zealander or Resident Permit Holder).  If the Work Permit (issued to the holder of the Work Visa on arrival in New Zealand) is for 12 months or more, no GST is payable.

Therefore, if you arrived Visa free or on a Visitor Visa, were issued a Visitor Permit on arrival at the airport and have subsequently found work and been issued a Work Permit and your container then arrives you are strictly speaking liable to pay the GST.

 This is going to have an impact on the timing of shipping of containers and you should be aware of this.