Shipping to New Zealand
Shipping to New Zealand
If you are thinking about shipping international cargo, a car, or other personal items and household goods to New Zealand, a professional and skilled international shipping company like Cargo Experts can help make your experience with international cargo shipping to New Zealand much easier.
Located in the Southwestern Pacific Ocean, New Zealand includes several different shipping ports like the Port Chalmers and the Port of Napier.
If you are interested in international shipping to New Zealand, there is some documentation you will need to prepare. This includes the following three things:
- An original passport
- Proof of residence
- Proof of employment
You may also need to provide evidence that you transferred funds to New Zealand. As with most international shipping, you will need to create a detailed shipping inventory of everything you are shipping to New Zealand. It is also important to note that you should have your customs declaration documentation complete when shipping to New Zealand.
Duty Free Shipping to New Zealand – Rules and Regulations
If you are shipping used personal items and household goods to New Zealand, including things like electrical appliances and home furniture, you may be able to ship these goods to New Zealand duty-free.
Here are some of the qualifications for duty free shipping to New Zealand:
- You must either be a resident of New Zealand or plan to become a permanent resident of New Zealand.
- You must have resided outside of New Zealand for at least 21 months prior to returning to the country.
- You need to have used the items that you are shipping duty-free to New Zealand. New items do not qualify for duty free shipping to New Zealand.
- The goods that you are shipping to New Zealand must be for your own personal use only.
- You can ship household goods from the estates of the deceased to New Zealand as long as you have a copy of the death certificate available for customs officials to review.
If you are moving overseas to New Zealand, if your container shipment is forwarded to New Zealand before you arrive in the country, the New Zealand customs authority will require a sight entry. In addition, if fumigation of your cargo shipment to New Zealand is required, you will be responsible for paying the charges of this service.
Items Regulated and Restricted for Shipping to New Zealand
If you are shipping cargo to New Zealand, some items may be highly regulated or restricted from entry into the country. For example, radio transmitting equipment may not comply with New Zealand radio frequency service.
There are also certain rules about shipping firearms and ammunition to New Zealand. Firearms and ammunition are strictly controlled in New Zealand and a Police Permit is required if you ship these items. In addition, if you are interested in shipping firearms to New Zealand, plan to contact the New Zealand Police Department upon arrival to get any necessary permits. The New Zealand Customs officials will not give you clearance on the total shipment until this documentation is received from the police.
If you are interested in shipping food or agricultural products to New Zealand, there are some specific regulations. Because of this, agricultural inspections in New Zealand can take a couple of days. Additionally, if you are shipping items that have contact with any soil, plants or animals, these goods will be closely inspected by New Zealand customs officials. Further, any wood used for crating your cargo must be clean from bark, insects and any sign of fungus.
Prohibited Items when Cargo Shipping to New Zealand
Some items are strictly prohibited from cargo shipping to New Zealand. Items that are not allowed if you are shipping goods to New Zealand include the following:
- Canned or dried meats, spices, eggs, and dairy products
- Honey or any type of equipment for bee keeping
- Flick knives, swordsticks, or knuckledusters
- Pornography or pornographic materials
Shipping a Vehicle to New Zealand
If you are interested in shipping a vehicle to New Zealand, Cargo Experts can help you with all the details related to ro ro shipping and shipping a vehicle to New Zealand.
When shipping a vehicle to New Zealand, you should plan to attend the customs clearance interview for your vehicle. Any person taking up permanent residence in New Zealand for the first time is allowed to import one vehicle exempt from import license duty fees and GST free as long as certain requirements are met.
- The vehicle has been owned for one year prior to departure to New Zealand.
- The vehicle will not be sold for two years once it is shipped to New Zealand.
- The vehicle is only for the customer’s personal use and not for profit/sale, gift, or disposal in some other way.
If you are moving overseas to New Zealand with a spouse, you both are allowed to import one vehicle duty-free as long as you each have valid driver’s licenses and can provide evidence of personal ownership and use of the vehicle as detailed above. New Zealand citizens are required to pay customs duties and taxes on all vehicles imported to New Zealand.
Any cars or vehicles shipped to New Zealand must comply with New Zealand Ministry of Transport Vehicle Standard regulations. Certain restrictions apply. Contact Cargo Experts for additional information about shipping a vehicle or other goods to New Zealand.
Choosing the right international cargo shipping company can help make your experience with international shipping much smoother. Cargo Experts is a full-service international shipper offering door-to-door pick up and delivery for your international cargo shipment. You can get a fast and free FREIGHT QUOTE from Cargo Experts, or you can call toll free 1- 866-994-7822 for more information.