Market Reports/Tariffs
Textiles, Apparel, Footwear and Travel Goods

New Zealand

Import Tariffs
Documentation/Procedures
Restrictions
Standards
Labeling
Market Information

Last updated on 08/14/2017

If you have any questions about the following information, please contact Linda Martinich at the U.S. Department of Commerce- Office of Textiles and Apparel at 202-482-4058 or click here for e-mail access.

**The following information is provided only as a guide and should be confirmed with the proper authorities before embarking on any export activities.**


Import Tariffs - New Zealand
Duties on goods imported into New Zealand are usually assessed on an ad valorem basis, i.e., as a percentage of the FOB (free on board) value of the imported merchandise. In some cases, "specific" tariffs are calculated as a per unit charge on the weight, volume, or other measurement or a combination of ad valorem and specific rates. Many clothing imports are subject to specific tariffs expressed in NZ$ per unit or a combination of ad valorem and specific rates.

New Zealand: Ad Valorem Tariff Ranges for Textiles, Apparel, Footwear and Travel Goods
HS Chapter/Subheading
Tariff Rate Range (%)
Yarn
-silk
5003-5006
0
-wool
5105-5110
0 - 5
-cotton
5204-5207
0
-other vegetable fiber
5306-5308
0
-man-made fiber
5401-5406/5501-5511
0 - 5
........................
Woven Fabric
-silk
5007
0
-wool
5111-5113
0 - 5
-cotton
5208-5212
0
-other vegetable fiber
5309-5311
0
-man-made fiber
5407-5408/5512-5516
0 - 5
........................
Knit Fabric
60
0 - 5
........................
Non Woven Fabric
5603
5
........................
Industrial Fabric
59
0 - 5
........................
Apparel
61-62
0 - 10
........................
Home Furnishings
including: bed, bath, kitchen linens, etc.
63*
0 - 5
........................
Carpet

Footwear

Travel Goods
57

64

4202
0 - 10

0 - 10

0 - 5

*Worn clothing (6309.00.01) and worn footwear (6309.00.11) - NZ$1.87/kg

For more detailed tariff information, see the New Zealand Customs Service website Under “Featured Topics” in the left hand column, click on “Tariff Information" > click on "The “Working Tariff Document of New Zealand”, or go directly to Working Tariff Document of New Zealand. You can also go to the Current Situation of Schedules of Members on the World Trade Organization website

Duty Concessions--A Duty Concession Scheme for Woven Fabrics Containing Wool is available to apparel manufacturers who wish to import woven fabrics that may be technically within the range of New Zealand production, but where quantities or other factors make New Zealand supply uneconomic or inappropriate.

Concessions for Low Value Apparel and Parts of Apparel will be considered for apparel items that are subject to alternative specific rates of duty where the goods are of such low value that the resultant duty payable is manifestly excessive. Goods that are considered under this concession category are parts of apparel for use as manufacturing inputs or disposable articles of apparel classified in the plastics/textile apparel chapters of the Tariff. In all cases, the goods must be identifiable as having an intrinsically low value for which the specific rate of duty was not designed.

For more information on duty concessions see the New Zealand Ministry of Economic Development’s website.

Additional Import Taxes and Fees--All goods imported into New Zealand are liable for a Goods and Services Tax (GST). The current 15-percent GST, is applied to the sum of the customs value of imported goods, freight, insurance, and any duties and/or taxes.

Temporary Entry/Samples--New Zealand admits samples of negligible value duty free. Samples of commercial value may be imported temporarily under bond or deposit of the duty amount to which they are liable. For temporary entry of samples it is usually advisable to purchase an ATA Carnet.

ATA Carnet--An ATA Carnet or "Merchandise Passport" is a document that facilitates the temporary importation of products into foreign countries by eliminating tariffs and other import taxes or charges normally required at the time of importation. For more information or to apply for an ATA Carnet, see the United States Council for International Business website.

If your product is primarily made in the U.S. of U.S. originating components it may qualify for duty-free entry into countries with which the U.S. has a free trade agreement (FTA). The U.S. currently has FTAs with the following countries: Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, Jordan, Mexico, Morocco, Nicaragua, Oman, Panama, Peru, Singapore and South Korea. See the FTA Tariff Tool, to determine the duty-free status or reduced duties that apply to products eligible under these free trade agreements.

Additional resources for tariff information:

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Import Documentation/Procedures (New Zealand)

No specific information is available.

For more information on local customs rules and regulations:
New Zealand Customs Service website

For information on common export documents, such as transportation documents, export compliance documents, certificates of origin, certificates for shipments of specific goods, temporary shipment documents, and other export-related documents, see the Export.gov webpage on Common Export Documents.

For country-specific information on import procedures and documentation requirements, see the
Country Commercial Guides (CCG) on the export.gov website.

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Import Restrictions (New Zealand)
No information is currently available on any bans, quotas, or other restrictions.
U.S. Export Restrictions:

The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) in the U.S. Department of the Treasury administers and enforces economic and trade sanctions against targeted foreign countries, terrorists, and international narcotics traffickers and their agents in accordance with U.S. foreign policy and national security goals. The OFAC website includes summaries of sanctions programs for various countries and the “Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons” (SDNs) list of entities and individuals with whom U.S. persons may not conduct business and whose property must be blocked if under the control of a U.S. person.

The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) in the U.S. Department of Commerce is responsible for implementing and enforcing the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), which regulate the export and re-export of most commercial items. BIS maintains the Denied Persons List, which consists of individuals, and companies that have been denied export and re-export privileges by BIS, and the Entity List, which consists of foreign end users who pose an unacceptable risk of diverting U.S. exports and the technology they contain to alternate destinations for the development of weapons of mass destruction
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Standards - New Zealand

Standards New Zealand, the national standards body, works closely with Standards Australia to develop joint Australian-New Zealand standards (ASNZS) that are based, to a large extent, on international standards. New Zealand’s Commerce Commission is an independent government agency that enforces the Fair Trading Act, which covers many activities including consumer information standards and product safety standards. See current products safety standards.

Children’s nightwear--Children's nightwear and limited daywear must comply with Australian/New Zealand Standard, AS/NZS 1249-1999 - Children's nightwear and limited daywear having reduced fire hazard. This mandatory safety standard applies to garments sized 00-14, includes a limited range of daywear items and stipulates two flammability labels.

Textile/apparel products sold in New Zealand may need to comply with a number of the following standards:

Children’s nightwear & other daywear:
  • AS/NZS1249
  • Product Safety Standard (Children’s Nightwear and Limited Daywear Having Reduced Fire Hazard) Regulations
  • AS/NZS1182
  • NZS 5822 (accessories on infant's apparel)
Protective clothing:
  • AS/NZS 4502 - Method for evaluating clothing for protection against heat and fire
  • AN/NZS 4501 - Occupational protective clothing
  • AS/NZS 4503 - Protective clothing - Protection against liquid chemicals
  • AS/NZS 4543.3:2000 - Protective clothing and protective devices for gonads
  • AS/NZS 4453 - Protective clothing for users of hand-held chainsaws
  • AS/NZS 4399:1996 and 1996A1 - Sun protective clothing - Evaluation and classification

Relevant standards referred to in the regulations can be purchased from Standards New Zealand.

Local standards organization and other resources:


The National Center for Standards and Certification Information (NCSCI) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the U.S. Department of Commerce provides information on U.S. and foreign standards, technical regulations, and conformity assessment procedures for non-agricultural products. NCSCI staff responds to requests for information by identifying relevant standards and regulations, and by referral to the appropriate standards-developers or private-sector organizations. Under copyright restrictions, NCSCI cannot provide copies of standards, but NCSCI does provide sources for accessing standards.


Notify U.S. - Member countries of the World Trade Organization (WTO) are required under the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT Agreement) to report to the WTO all proposed technical regulations that could affect trade with other Member countries. Notify U.S. is a free, web-based e-mail subscription service that offers U.S. companies an opportunity to review and comment on proposed foreign technical regulations that may affect their access to international markets.

Additional resources:

Examples of voluntary formaldehyde labeling programs

American Apparel and Footwear Association's Restricted Substances List

American National Standards Institute (ANSI)

ASTM International

International Organization for Standardization (ISO)


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Labeling - New Zealand

New Zealand’s Commerce Commission is an independent Government agency that enforces the Fair Trading Act, which covers various labeling requirements that involve consumer information and product safety standards.

In general, clothing labels must include the required information in English on a permanent label. See the NZ Commerce Commission's webpage - Consumer information standards – Know your responsibilities as a trader, for more information.

The Consumer Information Standards (Fibre Content Labelling) Regulations 2000 require most new textile goods to comply with the Australian/New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 2622 (Textile products - Fibre content labelling), which specifies methods of labeling textile products with fiber content information. See also AS/NZS 2450 (Textiles - Natural and man-made fibres - Generic names), which specifies lists and defines natural and man-made fibers (based on ISO 2076:1989). A copy of New Zealand's Consumer Information Standards (Fibre Content Labelling) Regulations follows.
NZ fiber content labeling.doc

The Consumer Information Standards (Care Labelling) Regulations 2000 require most new textile goods to comply with the Australian/New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 1957 Textiles - Care labelling. The standard sets out the words, phrases and symbols that must be used in labeling to indicate the correct way to care for textile goods, including dry-cleaning and washing. AS/NZS 2621 (Textiles - Guide to the selection of correct care labeling instructions from AS/NZS 1957) sets out guidelines intended to assist manufacturers in the selection of appropriate care-labeling instructions from AS/NZS 1957. It also specifies basic performance requirements with respect to colorfastness, dimensional stability and finish durability and nominates test methods that may be used to determine whether an article complies with those requirements when cleaned in accordance with the instructions on the label.

See also New Zealand's Consumer Information Standards guide to care labelling and its regulations.
A Guide to Care Labeling.pdf NZ care labeling.doc

The Country of Origin (Clothing and Footwear) Labelling Regulations 1992 require that articles of clothing and footwear be labeled or marked to show the country in which they were made or produced. The regulations do not apply to second-hand clothing and footwear. See the NZ Commerce Commission webpage for more information on "Place of Origin Representations."

Children's nightwear--Under the Product Safety Standards (Children's Nightwear and Limited Daywear Having Reduced Fire Hazard) Regulations 2005, the fire hazard information label must be permanent and conspicuous. The mandatory safety standard, Australian/New Zealand Standard, AS/NZS 1249-1999 - Children's nightwear and limited daywear having reduced fire hazard, applies to garments sized 00-14, includes a limited range of daywear items and stipulates two flammability labels. AS/NZS 1249-1999 specifies four categories of labeling of children's nightclothes, depending on the degree of fire protection the garment provides. For information for consumers, see the NZ Commerce Commission website - Keeping your child safe: Children’s nightwear.

Relevant standards referred to in the regulations can be purchased from Standards New Zealand.


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Market Information - New Zealand


No specific information is available.




U.S. companies may contact the U.S. Commercial Service for information and personalized counseling at every step of the exporting process. Find a U.S. Export Assistance Centers near you.

For information on protecting trademarks, designs, patents and copyrights, see the STOPFAKES.GOV website. STOPFAKES.GOV is dedicated to helping U.S. companies protect their innovations and safely market their products at home and overseas. Find guidance and resources on how to register your company's intellectual property and protect it from counterfeiting and piracy. Also find IPR toolkits for select countries, as well as other country-specific information.

For information on selling to foreign governments, see the Global Procurement Opportunities website.

Other sources for market information and data:

OTEXA Export Market Report (U.S. export data for textiles, apparel, footwear and travel goods)

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agricultural Service

U.S. Department of State - U.S. Embassies, Consulates, and Diplomatic Missions

U.S. Office of the Trade Representative

Local Industry and Trade Associations

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