Allowance Information

The New Zealand Customs allowances

When entering New Zealand you are entitled to a personal goods concession. This allows you to bring in goods free of duty (excluding alcohol and tobacco products) obtained overseas and/or purchased duty free in New Zealand, which have a total combined value of NZ$700. If the value of your goods is over NZ$700 then they may attract Customs duty and goods and services tax (GST).

On entering New Zealand you are entitled to bring in the following quantities of alcohol products free of Customs duty, provided that you are over 18 years of age and that the goods:

  • Accompany you through the Customs arrival process.
  • Are for your own personal use, or intended as gifts.
  • Are not carried on behalf of another person.
  • Are not intended for sale or exchange.

If the above is applicable the following amounts are allowed duty free:

Cigarettes, cigars, tobacco

      
  • 50  cigarettes, or
  •   
  • 50  grams of cigars, or
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  • 50  grams of tobacco products, or
  •   
  • A  mixture of all three weighing not more than 50 grams.

Alcoholic beverages

      
  • Up to six bottles (4.5 litres) of wine, champagne, port or sherry
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  • Up to twelve cans (4.5 litres) of beer
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  • Three bottles (or other containers) each containing not more than 1125ml of spirits, liqueur, or other spirituous beverages.

Quantities imported in excess of the   allowances, or that are housed in containers greater than the maximum stipulated bottle size, are liable for Customs charges.

More information is available on the New Zealand Customs site at www.customs.govt.nz or phone +64 9 275 9059

Duty free allowances for other countries

Country

Alcohol

Tobacco

Australia

2.25 litres alcoholic beverage

50 cigarettes or 50 grams tobacco

Canada

1 litre alcoholic   beverage

200 cigarettes or 50 cigars

China

1.5 litres alcoholic   beverage

400 cigarettes

Fiji

4.5 litres wine or beer   or 2.25 litres spirits or liqueur

250 cigarettes or
250 grams tobacco or 250 grams cigars

Hong Kong

1 litre of alcohol

19 cigarettes or
25 grams of tobacco or 25 grams of cigars

Japan

3x 750ml of alcoholic   beverage

Residents: 200 cigarettes

Non-residents: 400   cigarettes or
 250 grams tobacco

Korea

1 litre of alcohol

200 cigarettes or 50 cigars

Malaysia

1 litre of alcohol

200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or
 225 grams tobacco

New Caledonia

2 litres of spirits   except Aniseed or Absinthe and 2 litres of wine

200 cigarettes or 100  cigarillos or
 50 cigars or 400 grams tobacco

New Zealand

Up to 3 litres of spirits   or liqueur (conditions apply) plus 6 bottles of wine, port or sherry

50 cigarettes or 50   cigars or
 50 grams tobacco

Norfolk Island

1 litre alcoholic   beverage

200 cigarettes or 250 grams tobacco/cigars

Samoa

1 litre of alcohol

200 cigarettes or 250 grams of tobacco/cigars

Singapore

1 litre spirits and 1   litre wine or beer

No cigarettes
  *all tobacco goods must be declared

South Africa

2 litres wine and 1 litre   spirits

400 cigarettes and 250   grams tobacco and 50 cigars

Taiwan

1 litre of alcohol

200 cigarettes or 25   cigars or 
 500 grams of tobacco

Thailand

1 litre of alcohol

200 cigarettes or 250   grams of tobacco or 
 equal weight of cigars

Tonga

2.25 litres of spirits or   4.5 litres of wine

400 cigarettes or 500 grams of tobacco/cigars

United Kingdom

2 litres wine and 1 litre   spirits

200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 
100 cigarillos or 250 grams tobacco

United States of America

1 litre alcoholic   beverage

200 cigarettes or 50   cigars or 
1,350 gms tobacco or combination *Cuban cigars are not permitted to be   imported

Vanuatu

2 litres wine and 1.5   litres spirits

200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 
 250 grams tobacco