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Car Shipping to New Zealand

Shipping a car to New Zealand from USA involves many different steps and it is worth it to start the process early to consider the costs, time frame, travel arrangements and much more.

We've put together a brief overview of what to expect, how you can make it happen and when it makes sense.

If you are simply looking for the cost of shipping a car to New Zealand, then we'll need a few things first including the location, the make and model and the final destination.

This will determine your ocean freight costs, as well as whether you'll need transport to one of the departure locations (which are below in a different section). Simply submit this information using our quote form to receive a free estimate.

Does it Make Sense Shipping My Car to New Zealand?

This is probably the first question you should ask yourself and it depends on a few things. First things first, here are some questions to consider:

  • Are you a returning citizen or immigrating to NZ?
  • Does your car meet the New Zealand car compliance standards determined by the New Zealand Transport Agency?
  • Is your car left hand drive, or over 20 years old?

The reason these are important is that they also factor into the cost to import a car to New Zealand and can make a huge difference. The ocean transport is only half of the process.

Generally, personal vehicles must be converted to right hand drive, which will make it very expensive.

If your car is over 20 years old, then you should be able to import it and drive without needing to convert it to a right hand drive(in most cases).

Fortunately, we handle everything on the export side here in the USA, meaning we take care of preparing documentation, customs, loading, drayage, inspection reports, etc.

Our company has over 38 years experience shipping vehicles to NZ including cars, motorcycles, classic automobiles and offers some of the best international car shipping rates.

Once your vehicle arrives in New Zealand, our partners will handle the import process so you won't have to worry about a thing.

Departures and Arrivals: New Zealand Vehicle Shipping

Although we offer roll on roll off car shipping to New Zealand, our recommendation is via container.

Not only is it more flexible, but from experience it is a more secure overseas car shipping method, especially in the case of those moving to New Zealand with furniture and personal effects as well.

    US Departures

  • Los Angeles/Long Beach
  • Houston, TX
  • New York/New Jersey
  • Savannah, GA
  • Miami, FL

    New Zealand Car Shipping Arrivals

  • Aukland
  • Christchurch
  • Wellington

If you don't live in one of the major metropolitan areas above we'll be able to help coordinate inland transport if you don't want to pick your vehicle up from our agent's warehouse.

Importing a Car to New Zealand from the USA

As mentioned above, importing your car will depend on:

  • The vehicle in question
  • Your immigration status

If your vehicle is not over 20 years old, then it most cases it won't make sense to ship it from the US, as the cost to convert will be high, especially if you plan on ever bringing it back to the USA.

However, if your car is more than 20 years old, or the auto that you want to ship is for off road use, then shipping your car won't be a problem. Because of this, we ship classic cars to New Zealand quite often.

Immigration status will determine what the goods and service tax will be for your vehicle upon import.

The standard in NZ is a GST of 15% which is based not only on the value of the car but the ocean freight and insurance as well.

There are exceptions for returning residents, and new immigrants which allow you to import a car to New Zealand as long as you have owned and used the car for more than 12 months, and meet a few other criteria.

Shipping Car from New Zealand to the USA

Although not as frequent, as cars in NZ are right hand drive and therefore face the same issue in terms of frontal impact standards and LHD conversion, we do import cars to the US from New Zealand.

Visit our auto imports resource to view the description and see which US departments will be affecting the shipment.

There is also an age cut off, meaning if your car is over 20 years old then it will be much easier to import.

We have a dedicated import specialist who can tell you exactly what needs to be done and whether or not it will be worthwhile.

Have more questions? Contact one of our NZ car shipping professionals today for rates or more information!

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Written by Damien Shields

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