SILA Global NZ Industry News 15/06/21


COVID-19 Update – Shenzhen Ports

There has been a recent spike in COVID-19 cases in Shenzhen, impacting the ports of Yantian, Chiwan and Shekou, along with Guangzhou affecting the port of Nansha.

We have been advised by multiple steamship lines that they are planning to omit these ports to minimize vessel delays, protect schedule reliability, and assist local authorities in their efforts to prevent the spread of the pandemic.

More info here:

Whilst the situation is fluid we are being informed to expect delays of up to 14 days.

Our teams in Hong Kong and China will be providing more comprehensive details of the impact to the schedules.

SILA Global will continue to monitor the situation closely and keep you updated.

NZ Customs Updates

Exports to China and South East Asia

To access the preferential rates of duty to China and AASEAN countries a certificate of origin must be provided that meets FTA requirements, and comply with certain other terms of the agreement.

A certificate of origin will give assurance to the Customs authority of the importing party that an importer’s claim for originating status under the China and AASEAN Agreement is valid.

Certification bodies are able to issue certificates of origin in respect of the China and AANZFTA Agreement to enable eligible New Zealand exports to claim the applicable preferential tariff treatment when imported into another party to the China and AANZFTA Agreement. The certification bodies in New Zealand are:

  • Auckland Business Chamber
  • Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce
  • New Zealand Chambers of Commerce Inc
  • Otago Chamber of Commerce
  • Wellington Chamber of Commerce
  • Trade Window Origin Limited (IVS)
  • WiseTech Global Limited

Changes to Goods Clearance Fees

Changes related to Goods Clearance Fees, previously due to start on 1 June 2020 but postponed due to COVID-19, will now start on 1 July 2021.

Some fees will increase, while others will fall. The changes relate to:

  • Customs’ Goods Clearance Fees
  • Customs’ hourly rate for attendance outside working hours
  • the recovery of certain costs incurred related to Customs’ services for holders of Intellectual Property Rights.

If you have any questions, please contact your local SILA Global NZ representative


Customer Service – SILA Global NZ