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Some of the questions we’ve been asked about the Clean Car Standard are listed below. If you have a question that is not included, please email us at CCSImporter@nzta.govt.nz.

CO2 accounts

  • Do I need a CO2 account to bring my vehicle back from overseas? Or buy one vehicle?

    From 1 December 2022, every imported vehicle that is subject to the Clean Car Standard needs to be allocated to a CO2 account in order to complete entry certification and registration.

    Any person or business can open a CO2 account for this purpose, but the vehicle they are importing doesn't have to be allocated to a CO2 account owned by them. Some importing agents and vehicles logistics companies may offer the use of their own CO2 accounts to customers. 

    It is important to note that the owner of the CO2 account is responsible for any fees incurred against the account and will own any CO2 credits earned. They will also need to access the CCS System to accept the vehicle on their CO2 account, as part of the vehicle entry and certification process. 

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Vehicle import process

  • As a private importer, why am I having to pay two fees for the Clean Car Discount (CCD) and Clean Car Standard (CCS)?

    The Clean Car Discount (CCD) rebate and/or fee is an incentive/disincentive for people purchasing a vehicle. The buyer is required to pay a fee or receives a rebate based on the CO2 value of the vehicle.

    The Clean Car Standard (CCS) is an incentive on the importer to choose cleaner vehicles to import. The CO2 charge or credit is based on a weight adjusted CO2 value not the CCD CO2 value. This means that a CCD charge on a vehicle is not necessarily a charge vehicle in CCS. The importer may choose to pass charges on to consumers but are encouraged to offset any costs against credit vehicles and by doing so will be able to bring vehicles to the market at a more competitive price point than other importers who do not do this.

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  • How do vehicles get into my CO2 account and how can I monitor this?

    The distributor will load their account number against new vehicle model codes in MIAMI. When VINs are assigned to the model codes and pushed to the MVR. The MVR will then push the vehicle records to your CO2 account the CCS system.

    You can assign a used vehicle to your account using Fuelsaver. The Entry Certifier will require you to provide your CCS CO2 account number along with vehicle documentation. This can be printed from an option in Fuelsaver. Once the MVR knows about the vehicle a CCS number loaded in Fuelsaver (either by the importer or entry certifier) will be pushed to the CCS system creating the vehicle in your account.

    You can see vehicles appearing in your account by logging on to your CO2 account and performing account enquiries.

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Calculating CO2 values