Update – 11 March 2019

NZ Customs Brexit conference call.

Last week, Business Wairarapa took part in a conference call chaired by Richard Bargh, Group Manager – Revenue and Assurance, New Zealand Customs Service, who alongside representatives from NZTE, MFAT and MPI provided information on advice being given to New Zealand exporters to the United Kingdom to help them to prepare for a ‘no-deal’ Brexit.

Key take-outs from the call were:

  • The Brexit situation is fluid
  • You need to have a robust plan as well as a good understanding of customs documentation and requirements to avoid making any unnecessary errors – which will result in frustrating delays
  • However there are no major changes to customs documentation
  • Expect congestion through the doubling of customs declarations at the roll-on/roll-off port of Dover
  • Goods that go direct to Southampton or Felixstowe should not be affected
  • Transit goods will be affected, but the UK are hoping to have a finalised agreement, so all transit goods are customs cleared at the final point of destination.

NZ Customs will help if your goods are delayed or disrupted, and they have established a customs councillor role at the NZ Embassy in the London. Help can be found at:

Wairarapa Economic Development Strategy and Action Plan

Provincial Growth Fund.

There was a good turn out from local business at Thursday’s joint BNZ and PWC presentation on the Provincial Growth Fund.  WREDA CEO, Lance Walker, outlined what was happening with Wairarapa’s Economic Development Strategy and Action Plan. He reiterated that the plan provided a good structure and framework to help Wairarapa make good decisions. It was emphasised by the PGF team that an application to the PGF should link back to priorities outlined in the plan.

Contact Wairarapa’s Economic Development Programme Manager Marie-Claire Andrews if you have a project you wish to put forward to the fund.


Potential Opportunity for Wairarapa

This week Business Wairarapa were invited by WREDA to meet a representative of e-commerce retail platform Shopify to discuss the advantages and opportunities of setting up a base in the Greater Wellington and Wairarapa region.  Wairarapa is in a great position to offer both the lifestyle, work ethic and expertise for high tech companies and it was fantastic to see our region being considered.