ANNOUNCEMENT 15 Apr 2020

On 15 April 2020, the government of New Zealand announced removing import tariffs on essential products used to combat the COVID-19 outbreak.

NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS

1

  • 0 harmful
  • 0 neutral
  • 1 liberalising

SOURCE

New Zealand Customs Service, Tariff Concession Notices, “Tariff Concession Approvals, Withdrawals and Declines Notice (No.14) 2020”. Available at: https://www.customs.govt.nz/globalassets/documents/tariff-concession-notices/tariff-concession-approval-notice-14-2020.pdf

Inception date: 16 Apr 2020 | Removal date: open ended

Import tariff

On 15 April 2020, the government of New Zealand announced removing import tariffs on essential products used to combat the COVID-19 outbreak. The decision is taken through the Tariff Concession Notice (14) 2020 of the New Zealand Customs Service.  Notably, the subject products include medicines, medical and surgical equipment.

The previously applicable import duties ranged between 1.9% and 10% depending on the good.

The decision is taken as part of a new trade initiative launched by New Zealand and Singapore to ensure supply chain connectivity and remove blockages to trade in essential products.

Tariff concessions will enter into force on 16 April 2020 and have no end date.