Nicky Wagner needs to explain herself

Nicky Wagner as Customs Minister issued a press release on Friday regarding?Customs and Excise Act amendments.

Buried in the middle of her release is mention of the contentious issue regarding accessing private computing devices at the border.

?The Government has agreed in principle that Customs needs to meet a statutory threshold before examining electronic devices.? We have asked Customs to do further work on what this would look like in practice and report back prior to introduction of the Bill.? The Government has also agreed in principle that, once the threshold is met, a person should have to assist Customs with the examination if asked.?

Which seems rather too broad for my liking, especially since Customs documents show that cabinet wanted a very, very broad definition?and?search?and?seizure regime in place.

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And so the media-induced ‘panic’ about TPP starts

Guess what? ?Under TPP, Customs can stop products they think violate copyrights or trademarks.

Customs will be given new powers to hold goods at the border that they suspect breach copyright or trade marks under the Trans Pacific Partnership.

And those who find themselves on trade mark infringement charges could pay more, with New Zealand courts to be given new discretion to award additional damages.

Those penalties would come on top of the compensatory damages already provided for under New Zealand law for trade mark infringement.

TPP will also require a new ‘patent linkage’ system to be established, where a pharmaceutical patent holder would be notified if a generic version of their product is submitted to Medsafe for regulatory approval.

New details on the TPP were released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Mfat) today in the form of fact sheets, including one on intellectual property.

Customs will need to be given new powers that would allow it to act on its own initiative to temporarily detain material suspected of breaching copyright and trade marks.

The Government has also agreed to extend existing laws on technological protection measures (TPMs). Read more »

Taking the piss is one thing, but Customs don?t want you to bring it either

There are certain things you don’t do when travelling. You don’t give tones to Customs/Police/Military officials in airports. You don’t pretend you have a bomb.

And you don’t try and bring cow piss into the country.

An Indian woman who tried to bring cow urine into New Zealand said it was to be used for medicinal purposes.

The woman was stopped by border officials after an international flight into Wellington last month where she was fined $400 for not declaring the items.

Ministry for Primary Industries central region team manager for border clearance Antony Owen says officers wanted to check the woman’s luggage after it went through the X-ray. ?? Read more »

Anyone have a problem with the DIA, Customs and Immigration knowing the names of all our prisoners? Yeah, thought not.

Labour will no doubt oppose this initiative, they are after all the crim-friendly party in parliament.

Justice Minister Amy Adams says she’ll take steps to ensure there’s no way serious offenders are able to travel the way Phillip John Smith did.

The convicted murderer and child molester was able to obtain a passport and fly to South America while on temporary release from prison.

An inquiry report released on Thursday found numerous failings in justice agency systems and recommended a raft of changes.

Ms Adams says she’s working on it. ? Read more »

Dried frogs, holy water and a bat – is Michelle Boag back from holiday then?

Some people pack amazing things in their luggage.

Dried frogs, holy water and a bat are among a range of unusual items intercepted at New Zealand airports and ports.

Recent figures from show 176,700 visitors arrived in New Zealand in May, an increase of 10 per cent on May 2014.

Ministry for Primary Industries staff intercepted 6733 items of biosecurity interest from passengers during May. Of these, 5803 were declared.

Some of the notable interceptions included?dried frogs declared as food, some undeclared fruit fly-infested chillies, a?tiger tooth and?a vesper bat which was intercepted in a sea container at the Tauranga port.

Staff also intercepted plant cuttings, a bulb, a tuber and seeds after a bio-security dog sniffed out the plants near a man’s groin. ? Read more »


I’m not sure Customs will be pleased with their new minister

Simon Bridges has been given the Customs portfolio.

Good to see he?doesn’t think Customs legislation is a bit of a joke…

Weird shit confiscated by Customs

10 human eye balls floating in a jam jar at?Stansted Airport in 2007



Hollowed out onions were used to try and smuggle???163,000 worth of cocaine by?a Harvard-educated African Prince at Heathrow Airport.

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Talking up a failure

Customs are singing from the roof tops about how successful their year has been and how they have dented the work of P Dealers.

For the first time, Customs has seized more than one tonne of the ingredient used to make the drug P in a single year.

The one tonne mark was passed in November, and 1.29 tonnes of pseudoephedrine had been intercepted by the end of December.

Customs Minister Maurice Williamson said the milestone highlighted Customs’ good work at the border but also underlined the determination of drug smugglers.

“2008 was a record year for intercepting precursors and the provisional figures now show that 2009 surpassed 2008 by over 66 per cent,” said Mr Williamson.

Yeah good one, If Customs thinks that 1.2 tonnes of pseudoephedrine is a good haul then they are much mistaken. I would hazard a reasonably educated guess that an amount of 1.2 tonnes would be perhaps about 1 per cent of what was actually imported.

He said the amount of pseudoephedrine seized last year was enough to manufacture at least 246kg of methamphetamine, or ‘P’, which would cause the community about $138.6 million dollars of harm, compared with $83 million the year before and $33 million five years ago.

Whoopie! Customs stopped 246 kilos of Meth being made. I’ve personally seen someone who was a flea in whatever organisation he was in sitting in a viaduct apartment with a kilo of meth on the coffee table and million bucks in cash. Now how many more people like him are out there. Got the drift.

They aren’t scratching the surface, they know it and still they talk up what is in reality a pathetic effort in the whole scheme of things.

One thing you know for sure is a lie is the claim that they are hurting the dealers. That is just patent nonsense. If the supply was constricted then the price of a “point” would be higher, it is actually cheaper than a year ago. That is economics 101. Don’t believe them when they say it is more expensive, it just isn’t.