The New Zealand Customs Service ("Customs") runs a very effective border surveillance system using what are called Customs Notices.
Customs is only able to take action against counterfeit or infringing goods if the relevant Notices are in place.
Currently the Customs Notice system is available for use with trade marks or copyright works. A trade mark notice can be lodged in respect of a registered New Zealand trade mark. A copyright notice can be filed for works in which copyright subsists (see our Copyright information page of our website for more information on this).
Once a Notice is lodged, Customs will inspect shipments randomly for infringing goods, and will detain any goods it suspects of infringing the relevant trade mark and/or copyright work.