How Can I Ship My Car To New Zealand?

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Moving to New Zealand from Australia is a big ask. It takes a substantial amount of planning and preparation.

The expert removals team at Whybirds Removals in Ipswich is here to help. We do all the heavy lifting for you. That includes packing up your home, transporting its contents and relocating the lot.

When you arrive in New Zealand, there to join you will be your household goods and personal effects. But you’ll also be needing your own transport. We can help you move your car from here to there. Here’s how to get the job done.

Customs charges

Understanding the cost of moving to New Zealand from Australia is important for ensuring you stay within your budget. Usually, there won’t be a tariff for moving your car, but you’ll likely have to pay a 15% goods and services tax.

You should also consider shipping insurance, which means there will be shipping tax to budget for as well. Cars worth more than $1000 attract an import entry transaction fee.

Legal requirements

Whybirds Removals can help you navigate the legal requirements of moving your car to New Zealand, however, there are some things you need to know.

Before you’re able to drive your car in New Zealand, it will need to be certified by the New Zealand Transport Agency. Your car needs to comply with NZ safety and vehicle identification standards. This requires inspection of original components, replacements, and modifications to the car, to check that all the guidelines and safe tolerance standards are satisfied. For most unmodified cars, this should not be a problem.

Personal belongings in your car

We strongly discourage packing personal belongings in your vehicle during shipping. To begin with, your car may not be eligible for shipping if it’s packed full. Everything in your car would need to be declared to Customs. Failure to do so could result in a fine or seizure of the vehicle.

Aside from that, items inside your car are at risk of being stolen.

You don’t need the hassle. We can safely pack your possessions for transport and leave your car cleaned out and free of complications, so you can arrive at your destination free of worries.

Customs agents in New Zealand can offer additional information and answer any further questions you may have. In the meantime, call today and get preparations started to ship your vehicle to your New Zealand home.


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