But it doesn't introduce a level playing field.
Importing a pair of shoes and clothing that costs over roughly NZ$230 currently incurs GST and duty on those goods, and as that puts the de minimis over $60 you also have to pay the IETF fee meaning you pay an extra NZ$113.62 on top of the NZ$230
With this change you'll only have to pay GST, meaning you'll only pay an extra $37.95 and save yourself $75.67 over what you'll pay now.
A retailer importing clothing and shoes for sale has to pay both duty and GST on the imported goods, as well as apportioning the IETF fees across the total cost of their goods.
Is the Duty disappearing?
Won't it then disappear for the big importers too then?
As for me, if the IETF/Duty wasn't there, I wouldn't care about the GST, as it would still be a lot cheaper than buying here (and they'd have the sizes/colours that I want/need). SO long as the GST was easy to pay, and didn't add huge amounts of time to delivery.