This note is not part of the regulations, but is intended to indicate their general effect.
These regulations, which come into force on 24 October 2013, amend the Customs and Excise Regulations 1996 (the principal regulations). The effect of the amendments is to update product-specific rules of origin relating to certain parties with which New Zealand has free trade agreements.
The relevant product-specific rules of origin need updating to reflect the technical changes to the product-specific rules as agreed between New Zealand and its trading partners, taking account of the 1 January 2012 updates to the International Convention on the Harmonised Commodity Description and Coding System.
These regulations amend Schedules 3, 3A, and 8 of the principal regulations, which contain, respectively, product-specific rules of origin relating to Thailand, China, and Australia and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) under the agreement establishing the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Area.
These regulations also amend the product-specific rules of origin relating to Hong Kong, China, which are incorporated into the principal regulations by reference. Those rules were amended in 2012 by lists made by the chief executive of the New Zealand Customs Service in accordance with regulation 51ZZ of the principal regulations. The amendments in these regulations require the chief executive to modify those lists, and to identify which changes to the lists were made in 2012.
Date of notification in Gazette: 26 September 2013.
These regulations are administered by the New Zealand Customs Service.