This note is not part of the regulations, but is intended to indicate their general effect.
These regulations, which come into force on 30 April 2012, amend the Customs and Excise Regulations 1996 to give effect to changes to Article 3 of the Australia New Zealand Closer Economic Relations Trade Agreement (ANZCERTA) agreed to by the Governments of New Zealand and Australia. Article 3 is the part of ANZCERTA that sets out conditions that goods have to meet in order to qualify as goods originating from New Zealand or Australia.
The amendments made by these regulations provide that goods do not qualify as goods originating from Australia merely because they have undergone minimal operations in Australia, such as packaging (see new regulation 33A of the principal regulations as inserted by regulation 6). Elements of that disqualification are contained in the existing definition of manufacture in regulation 32 of the principal regulations. That definition is restated without the existing exceptions (see regulation 4(2)).
Claims for preference made before the commencement of these regulations will be determined under the provisions in force before that date.
Date of notification in Gazette: 26 April 2012.
These regulations are administered by the New Zealand Customs Service.