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Car Shipping to New Zealand

The New Zealand government recommends anyone wishing to import a vehicle to the country to discuss it with an "entry certifier" who will review your options depending on the year, make and model of the vehicle in question. The same entry certifier can also give consultation for those wishing to ship a motorcycle to NZ or other type of vehicle.

New Zealand Car Shipping Service from USA

Schumacher Cargo, along with our established overseas agents have successfully shipped thousands of cars to cities across New Zealand for over 35 years.

We know that leaving a vehicle behind can be a tough decision, but based on our experience, most clients save money by bringing their car instead of purchasing one when they move.

All of our shipping rates are competitive and if you want to find out exactly how much it costs to ship your specific type of motor car, simply fill out our quote form or you can talk directly with an export specialist - (562) 408-6677.

We have consolidation services from east and west coasts in the US and domestic pickup from any state across America.

In addition, Schumacher Cargo has five company locations and all of them offer weekly services for international auto transport. These locations include Los Angeles, Houston, New York, Savannah and Miami.

Major Cities

  • Auckland
  • Christchurch
  • North Shore
  • Wellington
  • Dunedin
  • Tauranga
  • New Plymouth

Methods for Vehicle Shipping

The most common way for individuals to ship a car to New Zealand is via a containerized service. Most standard vehicles will be suitable in size for this option.

We specialize in consolidating vehicles, meaning we can ship up to 4 cars inside a 40ft container. Your automobile will be loaded at one of our five locations with other cars then shipped to one of three ports of entry in New Zealand.

    U.S. Departure Locations
  • Los Angeles
  • Houston
  • Savannah
  • Miami
  • New York
    NZ Arrival Ports
  • Aukland
  • Christchurch
  • Wellington

The ocean freight rates are less expensive and you can expect shorter sail times when you choose to ship from the west coast in the USA naturally, as it's closer to New Zealand.

We also offer sole container shipments for vehicles from all U.S. locations. Whether you're using a shared or sole container to ship your car, it may be quicker to use Auckland rather than one of the other less frequented ports.

For larger SUVs, trucks and bigger vehicles, they will either need to use roll-on roll-off, lift-on lift-off or a flat rack service.

Depending on which port of departure and arrival is being used, the services offered sometimes vary.

The main roll-on roll-off port into New Zealand is Tauranga. From port Tauranga, your car would then be road or rail transported to its final destination.

Ask one our sales representatives for further information and upon receiving the dimensions of your vehicle we can give you a customized quotation.

Documentation for Your Car

As part of our services, we handle the entire export process. This includes everything in the U.S. dealing with the port and customs clearance.

When you deliver the automobile to us, we'll need all original documents of the following:

  • Clear original title
  • Bill of sale
  • In some cases, a power of attorney

Customs and Import Information

New Zealand's Transport Agency has a list of a vehicles which are approved for import and they also will be able to tell you right away whether your vehicle is eligible.

This is a good starting point before you look into importing a vehicle to NZ. It can save you time and help avoid potential costs for storage or quarantine.

There is lot of detailed information to sort through, such as the classification of vehicle, exemption status, vehicle safety standards, biosecurity checks and much more.

We've summarized the most important points for those shipping a car to New Zealand from the USA to help give you an idea of what to expect.

*The following information can be found on NZTA's website

Government Authorities Handling Vehicle Imports
New Zealand Transport Agency
Victoria Arcade
50 Victoria Street
Private Bag 6995
Wellington 6141
+64 4 894 5400

New Zealand Customs Service
1 Hinemoa St
Wellington 6011
+64 800 428 786

Ministry for Primary Industries
Pastoral House
25 The Terrace
+64 4 894 0100

Main Process:
Make sure your vehicle meets its specific requirements. For common passenger cars this includes the following standards:

  • emissions
  • entry inspection
  • frontal impact regulations
  • road conditions and fuel consumption

You then have to provide proof that your car meets all of the above requirements. For this you'll need:

  • certificate of origin from the USA, invoice, bill of sale etc. to show that you own the vehicle
  • Emissions standards compliance (like an EPA label)
  • Fuel consumption documentation
  • Proof that the automobile meets the frontal impact standard

Finally, you'll need to have your car undergo the entry certification referred to earlier and this can only be done at accepted locations.

Import Taxes on Vehicles
If you do not qualify for GST exemption after shipping a car and importing it, then you'll be expected to pay the GST tax on the total cost or CIF value(Cost, Insurance, Freight).

The goods and service tax is 15% however, for most used personal vehicles and motor cars there are no duties at customs.

To see the requirements for exemption for car shipping to New Zealand, see our page on the country's customs regulations.

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Written by Damien Shields

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