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    Quote Originally Posted by diverken View Post
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    My family and I are in and out of NZ regularly. We put all the food and wooden stuff in one bag and tick the appropriate boxes on the form.
    Ag have a look and so far nothing has been declined.
    Customs aren't interested in a handbag unless the passenger has 50 of them.
    Don't forget to maximise the duty free grog allowance!
    What is the allowance?? I had an argument with a girl in duty free at BKK last week she would not sell me two small bottles of Mekong whisky she siad New Zealand does not let you take it in and nothing would convince her to sell them to me
    Into New Zealand per adult:

    Not more than 3 bottles of spirits (up to a maximum of 1125ml each)
    4.5 litres of Wine, port, Sherry, Champagne (six bottles) or beer (12 cans).
    200 cigarettes or 250 gms of tobacco or 50 cigars
    NZ $700 of other goods purchased Duty Free or overseas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xanax View Post
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    I have seen films of them being very strict especially with food being taken in with large on the spot fines. I have told the mrs no food but she is worried they might confiscate her copy handbag like they do in some European places. Cost 4k so she does not want to lose it.
    Well don't take it then.
    I don't want her to as it's too big anyway, but now I can say I asked the wise ones on TD and they said no, she never believes just me.
    Just tell her if she takes it they could give her a cavity search.

    Of course if she holds it up and shouts "It's a Fake!" when she gets there, something is wrong.

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    NZ Customs - welcome

    Backpacker stripped of tech gear at Auckland Airport

    4:49 PM Thursday Dec 12, 2013

    A backpacker coming home for Christmas had every bit of electronic equipment stripped from him at the airport.

    A Customs officer at Auckland International Airport took law graduate Sam Blackman's two smartphones, iPad, an external hard drive and laptop - and demanded his passwords.

    Mr Blackman, 27, who was breaking up travelling with his journalist fiance Imogen Crispe for a month back in New Zealand for Christmas, was initially given no reason why the gear was taken.

    The only possibility of why it occurred was his attendance - and tweeting - of a London meeting on mass surveillance sparked by the Snowden revelations, he said.

    However, a Customs official has since told him they were searching everything for objectionable material under the Films, Videos, and Publications Classification Act 1993.

    The official then returned to going through the bag, pulling out electronic equipment as he did so. "We're going to have to detain this," Mr Blackman said he was told. "We're going to have to send this to a forensic investigator."

    Mr Blackman said when he pulled a phone out of his pocket, the official also took that, refusing permission for him to call his parents who were waiting in the arrival lounge.

    He said he was also told to provide passwords for the equipment. "That is a real invasion of privacy."

    One of the phones had no password but required a design to be traced on the screen. The official was unconcerned and said the forensic team would defeat security to access the device, Mr Blackman claimed.

    He said he asked why the items were being confiscated and the official refused to say - or to say how long the items would be kept.

    Earlier, Mr Blackman said he thought it may have occurred because of his attendance at the London meeting on mass surveillance.

    TechLiberty director Thomas Beagle said the seizure of phones and laptops was a "major interference in your life"in the modern world.

    He said Customs law had a pre-digital focus which, when applied to the technical age, did not take into account the amount of personal information or the frequency of use.

    "What does this mean for other people? You really have to consider what you take over the border."

    Mr Beagle said his understanding of the law was that travellers did not have to surrender their passwords.

    However, he said it meant it was likely the device of interest would then not be allowed into the country.

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    Gee, much beter than Australia, can bring only 1 pack of cigarettes, 1 liter of "hard"liquor. I just dont inderstand the trouble about 1 handbagage, if you are that afraid, dont take It, or just take It and there will be no problem at all.

    I've run far more "concerning" things across the border, never got caught.

    Only time got caught when I still had some cigarettes left from Thailand, I think it was 3 packages and bought 1 carton at airport, that was in the time you got still bring in 1 carton.

    The only thing I was and still am concerned about is that they search your baggage in full view. My wife was very embarrassed in Australia when they took everything out of her luggage, in full view of other passengers, including her underwear!
    If everything seems under control, you're not going fast enough.

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    Removed quote error.
    Last edited by Ronin; 13-12-2013 at 06:02 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Koojo View Post
    FFS, they do NOT check peoples personal bags except the contents.
    They are NOT going to perform a science experiment on it to find out what type of leather it is. (if it's leather at all, which being a copy I doubt).
    As far as passenger arrival card.
    Lie your arse off.
    Have you only got half a brain? I have too often watched the customs program regarding Australia albeit only on television. Although that is of course a different country you can be sure the restrictions are much the same and any thing made from an animal covered by CITES is banned! The reason I mentioned it is because the OP was making a big issue of it. Get your facts right before opening your mouth! Just in case you didn't know a passenger arrival card is a legal document, "lying your arse off" will get you into a whole lot of trouble.

    I suggest you read study and digest this; Your belongings | MPI Biosecurity New Zealand

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    A beautiful young woman, on an international flight, asked the RC priest beside her, "Father, may I ask a favour?"
    "Of course you may. What can I do for you?"

    Well, I bought this very very, expensive hair dryer that is well over the Customs limits and I'm afraid that they'll confiscate it from me. Is there anyway that you could carry it through Customs for me? Under your robes perhaps?

    "I would love to help you, dear, but I must warn you: I will not lie."
    "With your honest face, Father, no one will question you."
    When they got to Customs, the young lady let the priest go ahead of her. The Customs Officer asked, "Father, do you have anything to declare?
    "From the top of my head down to my waist, I have nothing to declare."
    The Officer thought this answer strange, so he asked, "And what do you have to declare from your waist to the floor?"
    "I have a marvelous little instrument designed to be used on a woman, but which is, to date, unused."
    Roaring with laughter, the Officer said, "God bless you, Father,... go ahead."

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    If the bag has a label cut it of, then it not a copy, as it has no label

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    Quote Originally Posted by KEVIN2008 View Post
    A beautiful young woman, on an international flight, asked the RC priest beside her, "Father, may I ask a favour?"
    "Of course you may. What can I do for you?"

    Well, I bought this very very, expensive hair dryer that is well over the Customs limits and I'm afraid that they'll confiscate it from me. Is there anyway that you could carry it through Customs for me? Under your robes perhaps?

    "I would love to help you, dear, but I must warn you: I will not lie."
    "With your honest face, Father, no one will question you."
    When they got to Customs, the young lady let the priest go ahead of her. The Customs Officer asked, "Father, do you have anything to declare?
    "From the top of my head down to my waist, I have nothing to declare."
    The Officer thought this answer strange, so he asked, "And what do you have to declare from your waist to the floor?"
    "I have a marvelous little instrument designed to be used on a woman, but which is, to date, unused."
    Roaring with laughter, the Officer said, "God bless you, Father,... go ahead."
    Far too clean for TD.

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    Great one kevin

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronin View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Koojo View Post
    FFS, they do NOT check peoples personal bags except the contents.
    They are NOT going to perform a science experiment on it to find out what type of leather it is. (if it's leather at all, which being a copy I doubt).
    As far as passenger arrival card.
    Lie your arse off.
    Have you only got half a brain? I have too often watched the customs program regarding Australia albeit only on television. Although that is of course a different country you can be sure the restrictions are much the same and any thing made from an animal covered by CITES is banned! The reason I mentioned it is because the OP was making a big issue of it. Get your facts right before opening your mouth! Just in case you didn't know a passenger arrival card is a legal document, "lying your arse off" will get you into a whole lot of trouble.

    I suggest you read study and digest this; Your belongings | MPI Biosecurity New Zealand
    Kujo is correct

    Customs could not give a shite about copy goods or 'tanned leather' items.have had good friends that work there



    I've had numerous dealings with customs through the freight industry

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    Customs could not give a shite about copy goods or 'tanned leather' items.have had good friends that work there


    The issue was not a 'copy' or 'tanned leather' goods but what the bag was made of- read the fucking post properly!
    Last edited by Ronin; 14-12-2013 at 05:03 PM.

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    I think the restriction is not with the duty free but that flights to Australia and New Zealand do not allow liquids to be carried for security and they include duty free in that. She was saving the stuff being taken by the security guys before you got on the plane.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronin View Post
    Little Chuchok

    Customs could not give a shite about copy goods or 'tanned leather' items.have had good friends that work there


    The issue was not a 'copy' or 'tanned leather' goods but what the bag was made of- read the fucking post properly!
    You're out of your mind.
    I've never heard of anyone being asked what animal their bag was made of.

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    Ivory bag handles on a snow leopard skin bag , shouldnt be a problem.

    Many Xmas,s ago in Chang Mai I purchased a hand made card thinking that will be something different,and posted it to New Zealand.
    My friend got a notice from NZ mail that dried Elephant shit was not allowed into NZ
    Novelty card, a problem in NZ
    Make sure it is synthetic jumbo poo, organic is a risk to NZ security.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Koojo View Post
    I've never heard of anyone being asked what animal their bag was made of.
    They won't but that will be the concern if there is one and you probably travel more than I do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Koojo View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Ronin View Post
    Little Chuchok

    Customs could not give a shite about copy goods or 'tanned leather' items.have had good friends that work there


    The issue was not a 'copy' or 'tanned leather' goods but what the bag was made of- read the fucking post properly!
    You're out of your mind.
    I've never heard of anyone being asked what animal their bag was made of.
    Apparently, Ronin, who is the knowledge of all things NZCS, knows all.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrry
    I think the restriction is not with the duty free but that flights to Australia and New Zealand do not allow liquids to be carried for security and they include duty free in that. She was saving the stuff being taken by the security guys before you got on the plane.
    Not true. I bought duty free from KL about a month ago. After making the purchase, they told me to pick it up at departure gate. I had to produce the receipt at the gate and they let me carry the grog on the plane to Australia.

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    Anyway, it seems they've detained Xanax as he never made the meet.

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    No problem with the bag. Customs does not have resources or interest to check origins of handbags, and 4k bag should be rather good quality anyway making it more difficult to tell. They are interested in what is in the bag. Pirated DVD's are easy. Food in large quantities: No. Although this is not a priority.

    Strictly legally you could have problems, like if you make a mess they could throw the book at you. Then they will also take your mobile and laptop and see what's in there, and then that bag is probably the least of your worries. Strictly legally.

    But I believe you don't need to worry. You both and the bag have a good journey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Exit Strategy View Post
    No problem with the bag. Customs does not have resources or interest to check origins of handbags, and 4k bag should be rather good quality anyway making it more difficult to tell. They are interested in what is in the bag. Pirated DVD's are easy. Food in large quantities: No. Although this is not a priority.

    Strictly legally you could have problems, like if you make a mess they could throw the book at you. Then they will also take your mobile and laptop and see what's in there, and then that bag is probably the least of your worries. Strictly legally.

    But I believe you don't need to worry. You both and the bag have a good journey.
    Dickhead

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    Quote Originally Posted by Koojo
    Dickhead
    And that was bloody intelligent.

    I can see you there in wife beaters hitting customs official and being taken away. Sayonara.

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    having flown in/out of NZ recently, I have the secret - Wellington airport
    Arrived on a Sunday afternoon; few staff; as I have a recent issue passport go thru the self-service queue, machine reads passport and beeps 'you're through', looking for someone to declare/not declare, just a bored half asleep clerk taking the forms and seconds later I'm in the arrivals area 'wanna taxi?'
    Almost disappointed I expected 5+ years in Asia I might have at least got to see a real person
    On way out last Thursday, arrive 4.30am and similarly disinterested staff. One asked 'what's Thailand like?" I said 'same as NZ'
    Sleepy hollow.

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    Many Xmas,s ago in Chang Mai I purchased a hand made card thinking that will be something different,and posted it to New Zealand.
    My friend got a notice from NZ mail that dried Elephant shit was not allowed into NZ
    Novelty card, a problem in NZ
    Make sure it is synthetic jumbo poo, organic is a risk to NZ security.


    this might contaminate the the other Dried Elephant Shit Business in N.Z.

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    New-Zealand and Australia are one of the most amazing places for travelling and to spend some time with your friends and family.

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