Story: Customs and tariffs

American car, 1958

American car, 1958

Large American cars were rare in New Zealand in the 1950s. Most cars sold in New Zealand were assembled locally. Buyers had to have 'overseas funds' – money of their own held outside New Zealand – if they wanted to import a car. In this case the owner had been living in the United States with his family, and shipped the car back when they returned.

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Tony Simpson, 'Customs and tariffs - Border controls and economic management', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 10 August 2022)

Story by Tony Simpson, published 11 Mar 2010