As a public agency, the Customs Service performs key functions for the country’s development, since it plays a leading role within the context of foreign trade.
The purpose of Customs is to facilitate and streamline import and export operations through the simplification of Customs procedures and formalities. Likewise, it must both safeguard government interests by enforcing such operations on a timely and accurate basis, and collect associated duties and taxes.
Moreover, the Customs Service has to produce foreign trade statistics for the Government, with no prejudice of the other functions that may be to it entrusted by law.
Industry praises financial aid for paua fishermen New Zealand
Seafood New Zealand has welcomed the financial assistance package announced by the Government for the Kaikoura commercial paua divers, who have been under considerable financial stress since last year’s earthquake.