About export entries

What is an export entry?

An export entry is a formal declaration made to New Zealand Customs about what goods are being exported. The declaration is made under the Customs and Excise Act 1996 and in this context, the term “entry” means making an entry into the New Zealand Customs database, not the entry of goods into a country.

Why do I need to complete one?

An export entry is required by New Zealand Customs Service.

Why does NZ Customs do with this information?

The New Zealand Customs Service screens all items to identify any security risk. In addition, the information is used to determine the flow of exports for the balance of trade statistics and tracking the export of items for GST purposes.

How much does it cost to lodge an export entry?

If you're sending by Express service, NZ Post can complete the export entry for you at no additional charge. If you're sending by Courier, Economy services, or freight, fees will apply.

Contact our Customs broking team on 0800 SEND IT (0800 736 348) or email us at [email protected] for more information.

How do I complete an export entry?

If you're sending by Express service, NZ Post will complete the export entry for you at no additional charge, so you don't need to fill in the forms mentioned below.

Firstly, before you complete an export entry, check if what you're sending may be exempt.

There are 3 options available to you:

A. Get an NZ Post Customs Broker to complete the export entry on your behalf

This process costs NZ $40.94 incl GST.

You need to:  

Note: We offer assistance with the preparation of the export entry for first-time exporters. This will help if you are unfamiliar with the related rules, determining tariff classification, customs value, or whether exemptions/permit requirements exist for goods you wish to export.

B. Register with NZ customs & complete the export entry yourself

You need to:

C. Get an independent customs broker to complete the export entry on your behalf

You will need to find an independent customs broker to complete this for you.

Where to place the export entry number

Write the export entry number in the space provided on the consignment note.

How to attach your export entry

Please put your export entry into a clear plastic pouch and attach it securely to the outside of your package. Please don't tape the entry to the outside as we may need to see all of it. Please also ensure the shipping label or barcode is facing out. You can get clear pouches at an NZ Post store or at our online shop.

You don't need to complete an export entry if the items you send overseas are valued under $1000 or the items you send overseas are exempt from export entry. To find out more about what items are exempt, visit NZ customs.