Story: Freight and warehousing

Charging for freight

New Zealand’s first customhouse was in Kororāreka, shown here in 1845. The customhouse is one of the three buildings to the left of the stockaded building on the left. The three ships in the foreground are all British – from left the HMS Hazard, the brig Victoria, and Matilda, a London whaler. Duty had to be paid on some of the goods they carried to New Zealand, notably spirits and tobacco. In the first years of the colony, these charges on international freight were a large part of the government’s income.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: C-010-022
Hand-coloured lithograph by George Thomas Clayton

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Matthew Wright and Megan Cook , 'Freight and warehousing - International freight and warehousing', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/zoomify/24075/charging-for-freight (accessed 2 October 2020)

Story by Matthew Wright and Megan Cook , published 11 Mar 2010