Notices - trading weapons and controlled chemicals
From time to time we will issue notices about importing and exporting trading weapons and controlled chemicals to and from New Zealand.
2020/2021 Christmas/New Year Arrangements for the Issuing of Permits - Office reopens Tuesday 5 January 2021
As Christmas and the New Year approaches the Export Controls office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade would like to advise that it will close on Thursday 24 December at 12 noon and reopen again on Tuesday 5 January 2021.
The standard processing time for routine export applications is 10 working days. For routine applications arriving after 10 December, no guarantee can be given that processing will be completed prior to the office closing on 24 December.
As is currently the case, for non-routine applications no guarantee can be given for the length of time to assess the application.
For any urgent enquiries, during the period of the closure of the office, please email email@example.com but please be aware that this address will only be monitored on an intermittent basis.
The staff at Export Controls would like to take this opportunity to wish you the very best for Christmas and the New Year.
Vanuatu nationals visiting or working in New Zealand (including Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) workers in New Zealand) : Prohibition on the export of firearms and ammunition to Vanuatu.
At the request of the Vanuatu Government, New Zealand and Vanuatu have an agreed policy on the importation of firearms and ammunition to Vanuatu from New Zealand. The policy is that individual applications to export firearms and ammunition to Vanuatu will not be approved, but applications for exports to importers who are licensed Vanuatu firearms dealers will be considered.
On this basis Vanuatu nationals visiting or working in New Zealand including RSE workers cannot export firearms and ammunition to Vanuatu.
Firearm and ammunition sellers in New Zealand should not rely on any documentation giving authority to an individual to import firearms and ammunition into Vanuatu. In this regard a license to import firearms or ammunition issued by the Vanuatu Police will not be recognised by us, nor will approval to import letters from Vanuatu Government departments.
Accordingly, the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, which manages the issue of export permits, will not approve permits for individuals exporting firearms and ammunition to Vanuatu.
Any attempt to export firearms and ammunition without a permit is a breach of the Custom Act and may result in prosecution.
If you have any questions on this issue please contact the Export Controls Office.