Completing Customs and
Please find following some basic information regarding
moving into NZ. We have tried to keep it easy to read and
understand! If you do have any queries please do not
hesitate to contact us!
You will find all the forms you require to move
into New Zealand on the
Documentation page. These will be mailed to you on your
arrival into the country.
It is important if you are not going to be in NZ when your
effects arrive to complete them and provide your moving
company with a copy of your passport picture page, visa
page, and a letter authorizing a friend or relative in NZ to
be your representative. This will allow us to clear your
effects prior to your arrival.
New Zealand is a relatively easy country to clear customs if
you are a returning New Zealander who has been away for more
than 21 months or a first time immigrant with full
residency. However if you do not fit into one of these two
categories you may have customs taxes to pay. We have an in
house customs service that is here to help, if you have any
concerns regarding your status please contact us.
Quarantine is strict, clean all gardening tools, bicycles,
walking shoes, golf clubs, etc, limit food, baskets etc and
remove dust bags out of vacuum cleaners. These things
amongst others and all older wooden furniture/products this
will be stopped for examination. Have a look at the attached
form, if you tick yes to “Goods of Quarantine Interest”
there is a high chance you will be stopped. However do not
throw out all your gardening things etc! A MAF exam involves
only a nominal fee depending on how many things require to
be examined or treated etc.
cars/motorbikes entering NZ are duty free but GST of 15%
may be payable. In order to get your car/bike in GST free
you must have owned and used it for more than 12months in
your origin country and either be a first time immigrant
with full residency or a returning New Zealander who has
been away for more than 21 months. GST if charged is on the
value of your car (customs have a formula for this) + the
freight. DO not put your papers in the car; we will need
your purchase receipt and ownership papers to clear the car
prior to arrival!
fees will be charged on the car/bike, please ensure you have
cleaned it thoroughly inside and out and if you put things
in the car put them in boxes/bags that are easily taken out.
An engine steam clean at origin although a good idea will
not guarantee a pass. Always check the engine pocket for
leaves and take a wire brush under the wheel arches as these
are two of the most common failed areas!
Cars and motorbikes also need to be structure tested by land
transport New Zealand prior to leaving the import depot and
there is a cost involved in this.
car has passed we can help you arrange delivery to the local
compliance centre who will take around 48 hours to make your
car roadworthy for NZ roads. It is a good idea to check with
the LTSA (web site) prior to departure to make sure you have
all the necessary papers, safety checks etc.