Included in the changes to the laws regarding the importation, wholesaling and retailing of tobacco items are new laws specific to the retailing of cigars and pipe tobacco.
Basically we have been advised by some importers and wholesalers that mini-cigars (cigarillos) can now only be imported, wholesaled and retailed in packs of not less than 20 sticks - this relates specifically to cigars that are about the size of a cigarette.
Packaging must be plain with no attempt at promotion on the packaging. This means that the brand and the type are virtually indistinguishable from any other brand and type for tobacco items of the same size.
This applies to all cigars and to all pipe tobaccos that are still being manufactured overseas for NZ or are being specifically repackaged overseas or locally for NZ requirements.
Posted: Saturday 28 July 2018