Understanding your invoice

Surcharges are additional charges that are mandatory and applicable to your TNT shipments.

When shipping consignments with TNT, the following surcharges apply: 

Fuel surcharge

Due to continuing fuel price fluctuations, TNT applies an index-based fuel surcharge to all shipments. This approach provides our customers with a transparent charging mechanism for fuel costs.



Out-of-area surcharge

We provide collection and delivery services virtually anywhere you require. For certain remote and less-accessible locations an additional out-of-area surcharge is applied to cover additional costs incurred.


Enhanced security surcharge

TNT has implemented additional procedures, activities and investments to safeguard our customers' shipments whilst in our custody. To partially offset the additional costs an Enhanced Security Surcharge is applied to all shipments.

Effective January 7 2019, the Enhanced Security Surcharge (ESS) is incorporated into International freight charges on your tariffs.

Regulatory Charges

Border Control
Any duty and taxes, fees charged by border control agencies for bio-security inspections are not included in our rates.

Exports and imports
All export shipments with a value over $1000 will incur an additional export entry charge as levied by Customs under the 'Customs and Excise Act 1996'. The export entry charge as at 1 January 2017 is $17.94 (incl. GST).

All import shipments requiring an import entry will incur an additional import entry charge, as levied by Customs under the 'Customs and Excise Act 1996'. The import entry charge as at 1 January 2017 is $49.24 (incl. GST).
This includes a biosecurity system entry levy, as levied under the 'Biosecurity (System Entry Levy) Order 2010'. The biosecurity system entry levy as at 1 January 2017 is $19.98 (incl. GST).

These charges and levies are subject to change without notice.


TNT reserves the right to review and vary TNT’s surcharges on shipments without notice. The amount and duration of any such surcharges will be determined at our sole discretion. By tendering your shipments to TNT, you agree to pay the surcharges, as determined by TNT.


Temporary Surcharge on All TNT International Shipments (Effective April 6, 2020)

TNT is an essential business keeping commerce moving and delivering critical relief during the COVID-19 crisis. We are still delivering for you as the applicable regulations allow despite local restrictions in various parts of the world. ​

These restrictions are disrupting the global supply chain and our costs have gone up in the new operating conditions. To continue providing our customers with the best possible service during this time, we are implementing a temporary surcharge on all TNT international shipments beginning April 6, 2020.


Effective date

Impacted shipments

Surcharge per kg (in NZD)

April 6, 2020

Outbound from Mainland China to the rest of the world

$1.60 per kg*

April 6, 2020


$ 1.60 per kg*

April 6, 2020

All shipments between New Zealand and Australia$ 0.35 per kg*

April 6, 2020

All international shipments except for above

$ 0.35 per kg*

* Minimum of NZ$ 1.60 per shipment applies, regardless of the origin markets.

** The shipments transported among Australia, Brunei, China, Fiji, Guam, Hong Kong SAR China, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Laos, Macau SAR China, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Taiwan China, Thailand and Vietnam, except for the shipments between Australia and New Zealand.

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