Story: Customs and tariffs

Levin shirt factory

Levin shirt factory

By the late 1990s the abolition of import controls and the phasing out of most duties had led to a flood of cheaper imports, especially from China. This seriously threatened the jobs of workers in New Zealand industries previously protected by duties and import controls. Here Jenny Sargent (left) and Xhou Jie Xia, a migrant from Canton in China, work hard to keep up production at the L. R. Wishart’s shirt factory in Levin.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1994/0681/5A-F
Photograph by Ray Pigney

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Tony Simpson, 'Customs and tariffs - Tariffs and the GATT', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 August 2022)

Story by Tony Simpson, published 11 Mar 2010