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General Information for New Zealand
Geo-political:
Capital City: Wellington.
Nationality: (noun) New Zealander, (adjective) New Zealand.
Population: 4,213,418.
Communications:
International Direct Dial Code: 64.
Number of Internal Airports: 41.
Major Languages Spoken: English (official), Maori (official), Sign Language (official).
Economy:
Currency: 1 New Zealand Dollar (NZD) of 100 Cents.
Exchange Rates:  (as of January 2018)
USD 1.00 = NZD 1.39
NZD 1.00 = USD 0.72
Exchange rates under licence from XE.com
Main Industries: Food processing, wood and paper products, textiles, machinery, transportation equipment, banking and insurance, tourism and mining.
Environment:
Territorial Sea: 12 n.m.
Other Maritime Claims: Contiguous Zone: 24 n.m. Continental Shelf: 200 n.m. or to the edge of the continental margin. Exclusive Economic Zone: 200 n.m.
Coastline Extent: 15,134 km.
Climate: Temperate with sharp regional contrasts.
Natural Resources: Natural gas, iron ore, sand, coal, timber, hydropower, gold and limestone.
Natural Hazards: Earthquakes are common, though usually not severe; volcanic activity.
Terrain: Predominately mountainous with some large coastal plains.
Average Temperatures: 
Month High Low
January 21° C 15° C
June 12° C 10° C
September 13° C 8° C
DOCUMENTS: 
Arrival: 
1 Advance Notice of Arrival (Form NZCS 344)
1 Ballast Water Report Form*
1 Border Shipping Form 1 (Form NZCS 344)
1 Controlled Drugs & Firearms (Nil) List (Form NZCS 341)
1 Crew Effects Declaration
1 Crew List (Form NZCS 355)
1 Inward Report (Form C1)
1 Master's Declaration*†
1 Passenger List (Form NZCS 342)
1 Ports of Call List (last 2 years or since last visit to New Zealand)*
* Required before arrival with the Advance Notice of Arrival (Form NZCS 344).
† Masters Declaration to be sent with NZCS 344 includes further information for Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), including details about stores on board (including details of meat, fish and fresh produce), details of animals kept on board, details of management of garbage/refuse and of pest management systems or procedures on board, details of any hitchhiker animals/birds or insect pests etc. that have come onto the ship.
Departure: 
1 Controlled Drugs & Firearms (Nil) List (Form NZCS 341)
1 Crew List (Form NZCS 355)
1 Outward Report (Form C2)
1 Passenger List (Form NZCS 342)
1 Stores List (Form NZCS 325)
ISPS COMPLIANCE:  All New Zealand ports are compliant.
ARRIVAL:  Port of Entry:  A vessel can only arrive at a port that is both a Customs Port of Entry and a Place of First Arrival under the Biosecurity Act. Vessels wishing to arrive at a port such as Opua, which is not a Place of First Arrival, must obtain prior approval from MPI. A vessel should check the MPI website to ensure the port is approved for the vessel or cargo type. www.mpi.govt.nz/importing/border-clearnace/vessels/arrivals-process-setps/
Guidance on recommended anchorages on the New Zealand coast is provided by the latest edition of BA New Zealand Pilot (NP 51). In selecting an anchorage, it is recognised that the Master has ultimate responsibility for the safety of the vessel, taking all prevailing circumstances into account.
Ports of Entry for Visiting Vessels:  Auckland, Bluff, Dunedin, Gisborne, Lyttelton, Napier, Nelson, New Plymouth, Picton, Port Chalmers, Tauranga, Timaru, Wanganui, Wellington and Whangarei.
Port of Departure:  All commercial vessels departing from New Zealand must depart from a Customs Port of Entry and must proceed to a point outside of New Zealand.
Certificate of Clearance:  Commercial vessels may not depart New Zealand unless a Certificate of Clearance has been granted. Form C3, Certificate of Clearance (ships and boats other than small craft) is to be completed by one of the following:
  1. the person in charge of the vessel
  2. the owner of the vessel
  3. the charterer of the vessel
  4. an Agent of the owner or charterer.
Once the form is completed, it is presented to Customs for signing and stamping.
APPROACHES:  Precautionary Area:  Petroleum exploration rigs and oil production platforms may be encountered off the New Zealand coast. At present, the main areas of activity are off the west coast, North Island, which is designated by the International Maritime Organisation as a precautionary area.
    All ships should navigate with particular caution in the precautionary area, defined by a line connecting the following co-ordinates: 
  1. the charted line of MHWS at approx. 30° 31.0′ S, 174° 37.8′ E
  2. 39° 18.5′ S, 173° 05.0′ E
  3. 39° 18.5′ S, 173° 01.0′ E
  4. 39° 26.0′ S, 173° 04.0′ E
  5. 40° 03.0′ S, 173° 16.0′ E
  6. charted line of MHWS at approx. 39° 53.5′ S, 174° 54.5′ E.
PRATIQUE:  The Advance Notice of Arrival replaces all other methods for requesting radio pratique. As the notice is required by other agencies 48 hours before ETA, a ``no change of status report'' relating to health information (that may have been provided on the notice) is needed at least 12 hours (and not earlier than 24 hours) before ETA. This confirms that the health status of the crew has not changed. The ``no change of status report'' can be made by radio, phone, fax or email.
    The MPI inspector may board the vessel on arrival and may: 
  1. inspect galleys, and all provision areas
  2. examine animals on board and pests or insect infestations reported
  3. assess and inspect vessel refuse system
  4. inspect all dunnage, wood packaging, pallets and timber
  5. inspect bicycles and sports gear for landing or use in New Zealand
  6. inspect any baggage or belongings of specified passengers and landing crew
  7. inspect ship's logs and possibly sample tanks in relation to ballast water requirements.
All goods for landing must be declared to an MPI inspector. A Biosecurity Clearance will be required for all risk goods.
    Risk items that are either restricted or prohibited entry for landing may include: 
  1. Food. All prohibited meat in ship's meat lockers (chambers), and prohibited meat belonging to crew members held elsewhere on the vessel, is sealed on arrival at the first port in New Zealand. Prohibited food items must remain secured during the vessel's stay within New Zealand's territorial waters.
  2. Live animals and items of animal origin. The MPI require the Masters of vessels carrying animals, ie. cats, dogs, fish, birds, etc. to complete: The Requirements for Dealing with Risk Goods on Craft: Biosecurity Act 1993.
  3. Vessel refuse. Please ensure that refuse is not disposed of within New Zealand territorial waters, and is only landed via the MPI approved refuse system at the port. Waste ground up to 25 mm. or less may be discharged if outside 3 n.m. from inner territorial limits and 500 m. from offshore installations.
  4. Plants and items of plant material
  5. Sporting equipment, eg. golf shoes and bikes
  6. CITES items (endangered species such as clam and conch shells, coral, turtle shells and ivory)
  7. Items for incineration/sterilisation.
Cruise Vessels: 
    Following items cannot be removed from the vessel without permission of an MPI inspector: 
  1. fresh fruit and vegetables
  2. meat of any kind
  3. prepared meals including sandwiches
  4. dairy products
  5. honey
  6. any other consumable food item
  7. flowers, seeds or plants
Only commercially bottled drinking water is permitted to leave the vessel without the permission of the MPI Biosecurity New Zealand Clearance Officer.
The ship's Purser should broadcast the following announcement over the ship's public address system, including the crew accommodation area before any passengers or crew go ashore, and regularly while they are disembarking: ``Passengers and crew are requested to present their hand luggage for inspection to the MPI Biosecurity New Zealand Clearance Officers stationed at the gangway. MPI Biosecurity New Zealand detector dogs may also be used''.
Note:  If passengers and crew are from a non-English speaking background, the above message should be broadcast in the appropriate language as well as English.
    The following regulations apply in New Zealand waters: 
  • Ships stores not permitted ashore
  • MPI seals must not be broken.
  • Animals not permitted ashore
  • NZ animals not allowed on vessel.
  • Plants, timber and/or dunnage requires Quarantine inspection and clearance.
Ship Masters can communicate with Quarantine Inspectors prior to their arrival in New Zealand waters to determine requirements. www.mpi.govt.nz
PRE-ARRIVAL INFORMATION:  Advance Notice of Arrival (Form NZCS 344):  New Zealand government border agencies must be advised of the vessel's arrival at least 48 hours prior to ETA New Zealand territorial waters. New Zealand territorial waters extend 12 n.m. from the coast.
    The Advance Notice of Arrival (Form NZCS 344) must be provided by one of the following: 
  1. the person in charge of the vessel
  2. the owner of the vessel
  3. the charterer of the vessel
  4. the operator of the vessel
  5. an Agent of the owner, charterer or operator.
Advance Notice of Arrival (Form NZCS 344) is also known as Border Shipping Form 1. This form can be located on the Customs website www.customs.govt.nz/
MPI information on the NZCS 344 includes details of any animals kept on board, any pest infestations on board, any visits in last year to Far East Russian ports and if freedom of Asian gypsy moth certificate is held, any livestock or grain carried in recent voyages, whether dunnage has a treatment certificate, and whether ship intends to discharge ballast water (if so, must complete Part 2 as well as Part 1 of the Ballast Water Declaration and sent with the NZCS 344).
    The completed Advance Notice of Arrival (Form NZCS 344) form and relevant attachments must be sent to all of the following: 
  1. The National Targeting Centre of the NZ Customs Service. Tel: +64 800 248877. apicustodian@customs.govt.nz
  2. Maritime New Zealand at the nearest Maritime New Zealand Office
  3. Ministry for Primary Industries at the first port at which the vessel is expected to arrive. The Ballast Water Declaration Part 1, and, if discharging, Part 2 as well as Master's Declaration and Ports of Call List should also be provided. MPI office contact details available at and www.mpi.govt.nz
  4. Health Protection Officer at the nearest Public Health Service. The Health Protection Officer does not require the attachments. Contact information available at www.customs.govt.nz/
Inward Report:  Within 24 hours of arrival at a Customs port of entry, an Inward Report must be delivered to the New Zealand Customs Service. Until the Inward Report is made, no persons may leave or board the vessel unless approved to do so by a Customs Officer.
    The Inward Report must be made by one of the following: 
  1. the person in charge of the vessel
  2. the owner of the vessel
  3. the charterer of the vessel
  4. an Agent of the owner or charterer.
    The Inward Report comprises the following: 
  1. Form C1, Inward Report (ships and boats other than small craft). This form also incorporates a ship's Stores List
  2. Form NZCS 341, Controlled Drugs and Firearms List. If there are no controlled drugs or firearms on board the vessel, the list should show ``Nil''
  3. Individual Crew Declaration – Regulation Form 6 or 7.
All form are available from the Customs website www.customs.govt.nz/
Additional information may also be requested. This may include a list of stowaways, per favour parcels and items such as tobacco and alcohol that may be presented as gifts or used for entertainment purposes.
Electronic Crew and Passenger Lists:  Crew and Passenger Lists are required to be lodged electronically at least 48 hours before ETA New Zealand territorial waters.
    These lists must be provided by one of the following: 
  1. the person in charge of the vessel
  2. the owner of the vessel
  3. the charterer of the vessel
  4. the operator of the vessel
  5. an Agent of the owner, charterer or operator.
The Crew and Passenger Lists are to be supplied in electronic CSV format using the NZCS 355 and NZCS 342 commercial templates which can be downloaded from the Customs website www.customs.govt.nz/
Crew and Passenger Lists are to be emailed to apicustodian@customs.govt.nz
Inward Cargo Report (ICR): 
    An ICR is to be supplied for any vessels carrying cargo on board where that cargo is: 
  1. intended for discharge in New Zealand
  2. to be transshipped in New Zealand
  3. for delivery to, or in transit through, the United States.
The ICR must be lodged electronically with the New Zealand Customs Service at least 48 hours before ETA New Zealand territorial waters.
    ICRs must be provided by one of the following: 
  1. the person in charge of the vessel
  2. the owner of the vessel
  3. the charterer of the vessel
  4. the operator of the vessel
  5. an Agent of the owner, charterer or operator.
The ICR is required to be made in the format of the NZCS Electronic Cargo Information (ECI) message. Further information on requirements for Inward Cargo Reporting requirements can be obtained from the Customs website www.customs.govt.nz/
An inward cargo transaction fee is charged on every ICR lodged with Customs. Fee is NZD52.00 (including GST) (2010).
Departure – Outward Report:  An Outward Report must be delivered to the New Zealand Customs Service at least 4 hours before the intended time of departure.
    The Outward Report must be supplied by one of the following: 
  1. the person in charge of the vessel
  2. the owner of the vessel
  3. the charterer of the vessel
  4. an Agent of the owner or charterer.
    The Outward Report comprises the following: 
  1. Form C2, Outward Report (ships and boats other than small craft)
  2. Form NZCS 341, Controlled Drugs and Firearms List. If there are no controlled drugs or firearms on board the vessel, the list should show ``Nil''
  3. any Requisitions for Ships Stores (Form NZCS 325)
Departure – Electronic Crew and Passenger Lists:  Crew and Passenger Lists are required to be lodged electronically at least 4 hours before ETD.
    These lists must be provided by one of the following: 
  1. the person in charge of the vessel
  2. the owner of the vessel
  3. the charterer of the vessel
  4. an Agent of the owner or charterer.
The Crew and Passenger Lists are to be supplied in electronic CSV format using the NZCS 355 and NZCS 342 commercial templates available at www.customs.govt.nz/
Departure – Outward Cargo Report (OCR):  An OCR is required for any vessels carrying commercial cargo loaded in New Zealand. This includes export cargo being transshipped in New Zealand.
    The OCR must be provided by one of the following: 
  1. the person in charge of the vessel
  2. the owner of the vessel
  3. the charterer of the vessel
  4. an Agent of the owner or charterer.
The OCR is to be lodged electronically with the New Zealand Customs Service. For vessels carrying only containers, the OCR must be lodged within 24 hours after the vessel's departure. For vessels carrying cargo where the majority by volume is other than containers, the OCR must be lodged within 48 hours of the vessel's departure.
The OCR is required to be made in the format of the NZCS Electronic Cargo Information (ECI) message.
An outward cargo transaction fee is charged on every export entry lodged with Customs.
New Zealand Trade Single Window:  The New Zealand Trade Single Window (TSW) is a joint initiative between the New Zealand Customs Service and the Ministry for Primary Industries. TSW enables importers, exporters, freight forwarders, shipping lines, agents and other to:
  1. securely submit online craft and cargo information required by Customs, the Ministry for Primary Industries, Maritime New Zealand and the Ministry of Health
  2. receive responses from those agencies
  3. register to get client codes required by the agencies.
Customs also passes on craft and cargo data required by Statistics New Zealand.
TSW will be available fully from 01 July 2018; however, the old paper system will be available for a transitional period thereafter. Access to TSW is available to registered user at tsw.govt.nz
OTHER FACILITIES:  Timber Deck Cargoes:  The following information has been provided by Fletcher Challenge Forests Ltd of New Zealand:
Masters who load logs for the first time in New Zealand, due to lack of experience and knowledge, have the misguided perception that logs loaded on deck will, over the duration of the sea passage, absorb water through rain and or sea spray and swell. Hence such a vessel would insist that an allowance of 10% be made on deck.
Fletcher Challenge Forests Ltd has conducted a survey by comparing the deadweight on departure last port New Zealand with the deadweight on arrival at the first discharge port. The findings were that on most occasions the logs had lost weight on arrival at the point of discharge.
Communications:  Fletcher Challenge Forests Ltd is now knows as Tenon. Tel: +64 (9) 368 4198. Fax: +64 (9) 368 4197. info@tenon.co.nz www.tenon.co.nz/
BALLAST:  Ballast water loaded in another country's waters must not be discharged inside New Zealand territorial waters without permission from MPI.
Permission is granted when the inspector is confident that ballast in question has been exchanged with ocean water at least 200 n.m. from land. Master of all ballast capable vessels must complete Part 1 of the Ballast Water Declaration and every ballasted vessel that may need to discharge ballast water in New Zealand must complete Part 2 (apart for the discharges column which is completed after discharging in New Zealand). Copies of these forms are sent by fax or email, accompanying the Advance Notice of Arrival (Form NZCS 344) to Customs via the Agent in New Zealand. The originals to be kept on board and they will be collected at departure port with discharge details added in the last column of the tank table. All vessels must log all ballast water management undertaken recording the volumes, locations and dates of all ballast water loaded, of exchanges undertaken and of discharges in New Zealand. MPI inspector will ask to see this information. Quarantine Inspectors may also want to talk with crew members about the loading and exchange of ballast water, and they may take ballast water samples for scientific testing.
Under no circumstances may sediment from the cleaning of holds, ballast tanks or anchor chain lockers be discharged into New Zealand's territorial waters. Sediment or mud can only be landed and disposed of at a landfill approved by MPI inspector.
The MPI inspector may grant an exemption if it can be shown that an exchange of ballast water could not be undertaken safely in mid-ocean.
    No exemptions are available to discharge unexchanged water from: 
  1. Tasmania, Australia
  2. Port Philip Bay, Victoria, Australia.
Ballast water declaration forms can be obtained from www.mpi.govt.nz
Mid-Ocean Ballast Water Exchanges:  Such ballast water exchanges reduce the chance of introducing unwanted marine organisms to new Zealand waters.
Mid-ocean ballast exchanges must be carried out with ocean water at least 200 n.m. offshore. Mid-ocean exchanges can be successfully carried out by using either the ``empty-refill'' method, or the ``flow-through'' method. If the ``flow-through'' method is used, three times the tanks' volume should be pumped through the tanks to ensure sufficient dilution of the coastal water. If using the empty-refill method vessel must replace at least 95% of the volume of water in the tank.
WASTE DISPOSAL:  The discharge of garbage is restricted in New Zealand's Territorial Sea. Disposal arrangements for garbage will be advised to the Master on arrival at each New Zealand Port by the MPI inspector. Additionally any garbage on the vessel must be covered/secured at all times.
TIME:  GMT plus 12 hours (New Zealand Standard Time – NZST) and GMT plus 13 hours (New Zealand Daylight Saving Time – NZDT). New Zealand Daylight Saving Time starts on the last Sunday in September in each year and ends on the first Sunday in April each year.
LOCAL HOLIDAYS:  1 and 2 January (New Year's Days); Picnic Day; Anniversary Day, both in latter part of January; 6 February (Waitangi Day); Good Friday; Easter Sunday; Easter Monday; 25 April (Anzac Day); first Monday in June (Queen's Birthday); 4th Monday in October (Labour Day); 24 December (Christmas Eve); 25 December (Christmas Day); 26 December (Boxing Day).
CUSTOMS:  Ship's stores are any goods (including tobacco and alcohol) for use or consumption on board a craft by passengers or crew, or for the service of a craft (duty-free stores are stores which may, under certain conditions, be shipped from New Zealand free of Customs duty).
Ship's stores, for consumption on board, are permitted to be issued from the ship's bond during the stay of a vessel in New Zealand. This must be in line with the quantities approved by Customs, according to the number of passengers and crew, and the length of the craft's stay in New Zealand.
    The following quantities may be approved, per person, as ship's stores: 
  1. beer: 3 cans or bottles not exceeding 375 ml per day and
  2. wine: 1×750 ml bottle per day and
  3. spirits or liqueurs: 3×1,125 ml bottle per 10 days and
  4. cigarettes: 20 cigarettes per day and
  5. tobacco: 250 grams per 10 days and
  6. cigars: 5 (regardless of weight) per 10 days.
To avoid the need for additional stores requisitions while the vessel is in New Zealand, overall quantities of these stores can be issued at one time for a minimum of 10-day period, and will normally cover the period that the craft is in New Zealand.
This entitlement is subject to the condition that no passengers or cargo are embarked at one port in New Zealand for disembarkation at another port in New Zealand.
Customs Offices:  General enquiries and comments. Tel: +64 (9) 300 5399. Fax: +64 (9) 359 6730.
Auckland. Tel: +64 (9) 359 6655. Fax: +64 (9) 359 6732.
Christchurch. Tel: (3) 358 0600. Fax: +64 (3) 358 0606.
Dunedin. Tel: +64 (3) 477 9251. Fax: +64 (3) 477 6773.
Invercargill. Tel: +64 (3) 218 7329. Fax: +64 (3) 218 7328.
Napier. Tel: +64 (6) 835 5799. Fax: +64 (6) 835 1298.
Nelson. Tel: +64 (3) 548 1484. Fax: +64 (3) 546 9381.
New Plymouth. Tel: +64 (6) 758 5721. Fax: +64 (6) 758 1441.
Tauranga. Tel: +64 (7) 575 9699. Fax: +64 (7) 575 0522.
Wellington. Tel: +64 (4) 473 6099. Fax: +64 (4) 473 7370.
Full details of New Zealand Customs Service requirements, services and regulations are available at www.customs.govt.nz/
REPATRIATION:  A list of crew signing off vessels in New Zealand must be given to the MPI inspector. Each crew member signing off will be required to complete a biosecurity declaration. Personal baggage requires quarantine inspection and clearance.
    Disembarking passengers or crew require a permit if: 
  1. they intend to depart by air after the vessel has left New Zealand or
  2. the vessel is in New Zealand longer than 28 days.
Those travelling on visa abolition passports will be issued with a permit in accordance with their citizenship, from the date the vessel enters New Zealand at the first Customs place.
Those travelling on non-visa abolition passports will be issued with a permit in accordance with a valid visa if one is already obtained, or in accordance with their outward travel arrangements. The Customs officer will need to sight evidence of outward ticketing to determine the length of permit.
Where there is no evidence of outward travel, the passenger or crew member will be referred to the Immigration New Zealand (INZ) for a decision on permit length, on arrival, and will not be permitted to leave the craft until INZ requirements are satisfied.
AUTHORITY:  Maritime New Zealand, Level 10, Optimation House, 1 Grey Street, Wellington 6141, New Zealand. Tel: +64 (4) 473 0111. Fax: +64 (4) 494 1263. enquiries@maritimenz.govt.nz http://www.maritimenz.govt.nz