Importing goods is vital to the New Zealand economy and to the existence and success of thousands of businesses here. But it also carries risk and expense, and there are many legal requirements and restrictions. Getting it wrong can be costly, in many ways.
This webinar will help practitioners to better advise and assist their clients.
- Become better apprised of legislation operating at the Border, including the Customs and Excise Act 2018, legislation operated by the Ministry of Primary Industries and other Government agencies, highlighting areas of exposure for those importing goods.
- Gain a better understanding of trade agreements, including the potential traps for clients.
- Receive guidance about the suite of trade remedies legislation.
- Gain insights into the underlying, and sometimes interwoven, issues in this area of the law.
Who should attend?
General practitioners, commercial lawyers and litigators at junior to intermediate level or those more senior seeking an update/refresher on this area.
Jeff Blackburn BCom LLB
Director, Blackburn Consulting Limited – Professional Trade and Customs Consultants
Following a period working as a commercial lawyer, Jeff Blackburn has spent more than 35 years advising companies and organisations on Customs and trade-related issues. He has appeared before numerous Parliamentary Select Committees and has made a number of appearances before the Customs Appeal Authority. He has provided litigation support at all levels of the judicial system, including the Supreme Court.
He liaises closely with key officials in the Customs and trade area of Government, which provides clients with the necessary access to decision makers at all levels of the bureaucracy.
Jeff has advised numerous companies on the interpretation and operation of the Customs and Excise Act in its various forms. He has been involved regularly with Customs during the development and drafting of the new Act.