Was thinking maybe she is hard done by, until the end where it says the package was not marked as a gift in the customs declaration.
She is in the wrong , customs are in the right.
Wouldn't matter regardless if it was declared as a gift - it obviously far exceeds the NZ$110 gift threshold.
Ha ha of course, otherwise you could import some really expensive items in the guise of being a 'gift'.
But why do customs say this...
"A customs spokesperson said Benavides was charged because the label on the package said "assorted goods" rather than "gift".
"The gift concession was not applied and we will be contacting the customer to discuss."
What is the gift concession?
Gift concession is NZ$110 which I mentioned.
This sort of figure is pretty consistent globally - the US is US$100 for example so if she's sent the same products to her mother in the US the mother would have had to pay to receive them also.
Ahh, i thought it was a threshold, below which you pay nothing, above, full costs. Like the GST threshold.
That's exactly how it works - you get a NZ$110 gift concession for all products marked as a gift. If something is marked as a gift and is above this $110 then you have to pay duty/GST/IETF.
This compares to the $60 de minimis threshold for regular goods. If a gift is worth more than $110 but the total value of duty and/or GST falls under the $60 de minimis value then you should not declare it as a gift or you will have to pay.