ANNOUNCEMENT 21 Jan 2021

On January 21st 2021, the New Zealand Customs Service granted a tariff concession on hay steamers, consisting of a double walled thermal containment chest and a steam generator, which are designed for steaming hay to at least 90 degrees Celsius. They also granted a firm-specific tax concession on glass reinforced plastic pipes (GRP) and fittings for such, having nominal internal diameters of 400mm, 500mm, 600mm, 700mm, 800mm, PN12 and DN5000.

NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS

3

  • 1 harmful
  • 0 neutral
  • 2 liberalising

SOURCE

New Zealand Customs Service, Tariff Concession Notices, “Tariff Concession Approval Notice No. 2021/03." Available at: https://www.customs.govt.nz/globalassets/documents/tariff-concession-notices/tariff-concession-approval-notice-03-2021.pdf

New Zealand Customs Service, Tariff Concession Notices, “Tariff Concession n (Advertisement) Notice No. 2020/52." Available at: https://www.customs.govt.nz/globalassets/documents/tariff-concession-notices/tariff-concession-advertisement-notice-52.2020.pdf

Inception date: 01 Nov 2020 | Removal date: open ended

Import tariff

On January 21st 2021, the New Zealand Customs Service granted a general tariff concession on hay steamers, consisting of a double walled thermal containment chest and a steam generator, designed for steaming hay to at least 90 degrees Celsius classified under the tariff subheading 8419.89.09. The decision follows the application issued by Bruce Moore Enterprises Limited to the New Zealand Customs Service in November 2020.

On the subject products, the New Zealand Customs Service granted a general tariff concession to all importers. The product was previously categorized under the name "multi layered prefabricated engineered wood flooring, with a core of marine grade plywood" and tariff subheading 4418.75. According to the World Trade Organization's tariff facility, the previous import duty on the subject product was 3.3%. The tariff concession retrospectively entered into force on November 1st, 2020.

Tariff concessions are generally approved for goods where no suitable alternative goods are produced locally in New Zealand. 

AFFECTED SECTORS

 

AFFECTED PRODUCTS

 
Inception date: 01 Dec 2020 | Removal date: 01 Nov 2021

Tax or social insurance relief

On January 21st, 2021, the government of New Zealand granted a firm-specific tariff concession on glass reinforced plastic pipes (GRP) and fittings for such, having nominal internal diameters of 400mm, 500mm, 600mm, 700mm, 800mm, PN12 and DN5000, on the production of the purchase order. The plastic pipes and fittings for such are for use in the construction of the Acton-Pendarves irrigation project. The tariff concession is granted only to Hynds Pipe Systems Limited from December 1st, 2020 to November 1st, 2021.  

Hynds Pipe Systems Limited is a New Zealand supplier of plastic pipes for the management of water and water-based waste in the civil and rural infrastructure markets. As the duty concession only apply to Hynds Pipe Systems Limited, the GTA recorded this as a discriminatory selective tax concession. 

 

Inception date: 01 Dec 2020 | Removal date: 01 Nov 2021

Import tariff

On January 21st, 2021, the government of New Zealand granted a firm-specific tariff concession on glass reinforced plastic pipes (GRP) and fittings for such, having nominal internal diameters of 400mm, 500mm, 600mm, 700mm, 800mm, PN12 and DN5000, on production of purchase order under the tariff subheadings 3917.29, 3917.40, 4016.93, and 7326.90. The plastic pipes and fittings for such are for use in the construction of the Acton-Pendarves irrigation project.

The tariff concession is granted only to Hynds Pipe Systems Limited from December 1st, 2020 to November 1st, 2021. According to the World Trade organization's tariff database, the previous the import duties on the subject product was 1.3%, 5%, 5%, and 2.5% respectively. The tariff concession retrospectively entered into force on December 1st, 2020.

Tariff concessions are generally approved for goods where no suitable alternative goods are produced locally in New Zealand.