(1) Every person commits an offence who, without reasonable excuse, imports into, or exports from, New Zealand any precursor substance.
(2) Without limiting the circumstances under subsection (1) in which a person may have a reasonable excuse, a person has a reasonable excuse if—
(3) The requirements in section 67(8) of the Summary Proceedings Act 1957 relating to proof of any exception, excuse, or qualification do not apply to an offence under subsection (1).
(4) By way of explanation, the effect of subsection (3) is that, in order for a prosecution to be successful, the prosecution must negate beyond a reasonable doubt any reasonable excuse in dispute (being any matter raised as a reasonable excuse by the defendant).
(5) A person who commits an offence under subsection (1) is liable on summary conviction to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 1 year or a fine not exceeding $1,000, or both.
Section 12AC: inserted, on 22 June 2005, by section 10 of the Misuse of Drugs Amendment Act 2005 (2005 No 81).