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Important notices & updates - Synthetic Greenhouse Gas (SGG) levy effective from 1 July 2013


From 1 July 2013, Customs will be collecting a Synthetic Greenhouse Gas (Goods) Levy on goods containing hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and perfluorocarbons (PFCs) under the Climate Change Response Act 2002 and the Climate Change (SGG Levies) Regulations 2013.

The levy will be applied to a range of imported goods including fridges, freezers, heat pumps, air-conditioners, and refrigerated trailers. It is linked to the price of carbon and will vary between items to reflect the amount of gas, the specified gas and its global warming potential.

The Ministry for the Environment will review the levy annually.

The SGG levy rates are available here.

Anyone who imports goods subject to the levy on or after 1 July 2013 must pay the levy to Customs at the same time as any duty under the Customs and Excise Act would be paid, if any were payable.

The Synthetic Greenhouse Gas (Vehicle) Levy will be collected by the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) when vehicles are first registered in New Zealand.

For more information see Fact Sheet 47 - Synthetic Greenhouse Gas (Goods) Levy, or contact Customs on 0800 428 786 (0800 4 CUSTOMS).

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