You need to appeal within 20 working days of the date you received the Customs decision or direction.
If you appeal after the 20 working days has passed, you must state in a letter with your application why your appeal is late and why you think it should be accepted.
You must include a copy of the Customs review decision with your Notice of Appeal form.
It costs $410 (including GST) to appeal to the Authority. Make cheques payable to the Ministry of Justice.
To appeal, fill in the Notice of Appeal form:
Send the form, a copy of the Customs ruling, and the fee (cheques only) to us.
Private Bag 32001
You can apply to have the application fee waived if:
Fill in the Application for Waiver of Fees form and send it to the Authority:
You can present your own case or have a lawyer, or advocate, present it for you.
You can appoint an advocate to act for you. They don’t need to be a lawyer – any person can be your advocate provided they have your written authority to do so.
The Authority will communicate directly with your advocate.
Both you and your advocate need to sign this form:
If you hire a lawyer, you may be able to get legal aid to help with legal costs.
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