Importing items using our Book & Pay platform? You’re likely to be paying GST on imported items under $1000 from the start of December.

There is a common misconception that items purchased from overseas websites for less than NZ$400 can come into the country (be imported) without incurring any duty, GST, or charges. This ‘rule of thumb’ does not apply to items that attract both duty and GST, such as clothing, shoes, and accessories.

Did you know customs charges may be payable when the value of these exceeds approximately NZ$225?

From the 1st of December overseas businesses selling low-value (under 1k) goods to consumers in New Zealand may need to register for, collect and return GST of 15%.

We recommend that you start your Christmas shopping early if purchasing from abroad! 

Arrange a shipment to NZ via our Online Book & Pay or find out more at ird.govt.nz/GSTupdate