Proposed amendments to Schedule 2 of the Heavy Engineering Research Levy Act 1978

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Submissions due: 22 January 2021, 10am

The Heavy Engineering Research Levy (“the levy”) provides revenue to the Heavy Engineering Research Association (HERA), to promote and conduct the research and other scientific work into, or relating to, the heavy engineering industry.

The Heavy Engineering Research Levy Act 1978 (“the Act”) authorises the imposition of the levy on “persons engaged in heavy engineering manufacture and related industries to provide funds for research into heavy engineering.”

The current proposal concerns Schedule 2 of the Act, which prescribes the levied steel and iron items and a levy rate of no more than $20 for each tonne. The proposed changes would allow Heavy Engineering Research Levy collection on the following Tariff items:

These Tariff items fall under Tariff category 73.08:

  • 73.08: Structures (excluding prefabricated buildings of heading 94.06) and parts of structures (for example, bridges and bridge-sections, lock-gates, towers, lattice masts, roofs, roofing frame-works, doors and windows and their frames and thresholds for doors, shutters, balustrades, pillars and columns), of iron or steel; plates, rods, angles, shapes, sections, tubes and the like, prepared for use in structures, or iron or steel.

The four Tariff item numbers specify subcategories of goods within that grouping:

  • 00H: Bridges and bridge sections
  • 10C: Other – Channels, joists, girders, beams and columns
  • 15D: Other – Tubes and the like, prepared for use in structures
  • 29D: Other – Other.

In this consultation document, MBIE is seeking comments on how these changes may affect the heavy engineering and related industries.

How to make a submission

Submissions may be made electronically (preferred) or by post.

  • Email your submission in Adobe Acrobat or Microsoft Word as an attachment to:
  • Mail a postal submission to:
    Innovation Policy Team
    Labour, Science and Enterprise
    Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment
    PO Box 1473
    Wellington 6140
    New Zealand

If you have any questions regarding this proposal, please also send them to:

Last updated: 18 December 2020