Pursuant to section 274B(1) of the Customs and Excise Act 1996, I, Martyn John Dunne, hereby publish details of the automated electronic system known as SmartGate.
SmartGate is a border processing mechanism (comprising of a kiosk and gate sited at international airports) for eligible persons.
SmartGate is an alternative and voluntary mechanism to primary line processing by a Customs officer.
Eligible persons are over 18 years of age with a New Zealand or Australian e-Passport.
Under the designated border processing law outlined in section 274A(7) of the Customs and Excise Act 1996, SmartGate uses the electronic information in the e-Passport and facial recognition technology to perform the customs and immigration checks that are usually conducted by a Customs officer.
Dated this 1st day of December 2010.
MARTYN JOHN DUNNE, Comptroller of Customs.