Tariff Act 1988

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Version as at 1 January 2022

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Tariff Act 1988

Public Act
1988 No 155
Date of assent
29 November 1988
see section 1(2)

The Parliamentary Counsel Office has made editorial and format changes to this version using the powers under subpart 2 of Part 3 of the Legislation Act 2019.

Note 4 at the end of this version provides a list of the amendments included in it.

This Act is administered by the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment.


1Short Title and commencement
2AAct to bind the Crown
3The Tariff
3ARemoval of all tariff duties by no later than 1 July 2006 [Repealed]
3BLimits on rates of duty for certain goods pending removal of duty [Repealed]
4Enforcement of Tariff
5Value of goods for the purpose of applying Tariff
6Duty payable under Normal Tariff
7Application of Tariff
7AOrders in Council about preferential countries
7BEvidence of whether South Pacific Regional Trade and Economic Co-operation Agreement is in force in relation to country
7CIncorporation of provisions by reference in Orders in Council
7DEffect of amendments to, or replacement of, provisions incorporated by reference
7EProof of provisions incorporated by reference
7FAccess to provisions incorporated by reference
7GApplication of Legislation Act 2012 to provisions incorporated by reference: publication and disallowance [Repealed]
7HApplication of Regulations (Disallowance) Act 1989 to provisions incorporated by reference [Repealed]
9Alterations and modifications of Tariff
9ACertification of 2010 Tariff Document
9BAccess to Tariff
9CApplication of Legislation Act 2019 to Orders in Council and notices
9DJudicial notice of Tariff
9EEvidence of Tariff
9FTariff may be amended, and must be interpreted, as if it were an enactment
9GReferences to Schedule 1
10Alterations to nomenclature
11Orders in Council relating to Tariff are confirmable instruments [Repealed]
11AEffect of disallowance or resolution to amend or replace Order in Council by House of Representatives
12Actions pending alteration of Tariff
13Certain Orders in Council relating to duties may be retrospective
14Determinations relating to unassembled goods for use in manufacture or assembly of motor vehicles
15Power of chief executive to prescribe forms
15BChief executive may undertake transitional safeguard or emergency action investigation
15CInvestigative procedures
15DMatters to be taken into account by chief executive
15EPublication of investigation results
15FApplication of transitional safeguard or emergency action measure
15GExtension of transitional safeguard or emergency action measure
15HProvisional transitional safeguard measure
16General provisions as to Orders in Council
16BRegulations relating to goods temporarily imported and drawbacks of duty
17Transitional provisions
18Consequential amendments

An Act to consolidate and amend the law relating to the imposition of tariff duty