Suppliers and importers who falsify the value of their goods and avoid GST at the border are gaining an unfair advantage over local retailers.

This issue is "prolific", and organisations affected by the usually overseas-based opportunists selling to New Zealanders on local marketplaces, say it is an issue Customs should be proactively cracking down on.

GST has been levied at the border since 1986, when it was introduced.

Greg Harford, chief executive of Retail NZ, said there was a "sizeable number" of importers and suppliers who were not paying 15 per cent GST by creating a false invoice for a

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