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Customs advises on moving non-essential goods blocking essential goods

09 April 2020

The New Zealand Customs Services says companies that have non-essential goods blocking movement of essential goods may apply for permission to move those goods from the port to their CCA for storage.

However, Customs says they are not authorised to deliver those non-essential goods to their customers.

It says the use of essential workers to move essential goods and provide essential services is paramount and must be prioritised above all other goods and services at the Port.

The advice provided by the Customs Service says there are only three circumstances when non-essential goods at a port can be transported:

  1. if essential workers are already located at the port for the purpose of dealing with essential goods; and
  2. if the movement of non-essential goods at the Port does not impact on:
    • the movement of essential goods or
    • the delivery of essential services at the Port; or
  3. if the movement of non-essential goods are required to create space for essential goods and the movement of essential goods within the port and across the supply chain. In this instance, the non-essential goods are classified as essential for the purposes of moving them to an alternative storage facility.

It says, with respect to the third circumstance:

  • additional workers that are required to enter the Port, to assist with the movement of non-essential goods to create space for essential goods, become essential workers for the purpose of moving those goods; and
  • those goods should only be moved once to a place of storage to get them out of the way of essential goods.

Permission must be given by New Zealand Customs and can be requested by emailing

Last updated on the 9th April 2020