The New Zealand Government has decided to extend the temporary import entry (TIE) period for visiting superyachts and cruising yachts to New Zealand from the existing 12 months to 24 months.

It is hoped that New Zealand’s marine and tourism industries will benefit in a number of ways. All goods coming into New Zealand, including yachts, are normally subject to duty and GST. Visiting yachts are granted a temporary import entry to exempt owners from paying these charges if they aren’t used commercially or sold, and depart the country within the time period.

The announcement from Customs Minister Hon. Maurice Williamson about the extension of the temporary import entry period is expected to be well-received by the world’s sailing-cruising fraternity and regions throughout New Zealand which stand to gain an economic boost from additional numbers of visiting yachts.

Peter Busfield, executive director of the New Zealand Marine Industry Association (NZ Marine), says: “The extended temporary import entry period is one of the key regulatory changes NZ Marine has been seeking as we aim to double the export earnings of our industry over the next six years.”

NZ Marine’s figures show about 700 yachts visit New Zealand each year. Around 660 vessels are under 25 metres in length, and tend to be self-skippered as they cruise the country’s attractive coastlines. Around 35 superyachts over 25 metres in length also visit on annual basis, often combining cruising and tourist activities with the opportunity to have their vessel fully or partly refitted or maintenance work completed by the many world-class marine sector service providers around the country.

Busfield says the extended TIE period will assist the New Zealand marine industry greatly with the goal of doubling visiting superyacht numbers over next three years and increase the number of visiting under 25 metre yachts by up to 25 per cent.

“In particular, we can expect to see significant benefits for the Far North, Whangarei and Auckland regions as the majority of yachts arriving in New Zealand make port in these centres. There will also be opportunities for Bay of Plenty and Marlborough to host more visiting yachts than they do presently.”

Yacht owners who arrived in New Zealand after July 2013 can apply for an extension by emailing Customs their yacht and temporary entry details.

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