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Moving to New Zealand

You may have numerous reasons for moving to Zealand from the USA and there are few places more stunning on Earth in which to relocate to.

After making the decision and spending the time figuring out living situations and travel plans, deciding how much you’re going to bring and what company you’re going to use follows.

There are many international moving companies to choose from and they all promise a stress free process.

Our company has dedicated more than 37 years to helping individuals and families relocate from the USA, as well as offering international removal services to destinations such as New Zealand, Australia and the UK.

Moving Household Goods to New Zealand from the USA

New Zealand is in high demand among international expats and we have great groupage rates from all five company locations across the U.S. with containers leaving every two weeks.

Our locations include Houston, Savannah, Miami, New York, New Jersey and Los Angeles. However, most clients prefer moving household goods to New Zealand from our west coast facility in Los Angeles due to the shorter sail times and lower ocean freight costs.

Importing Your Personal Effects

The import process when shipping household goods to New Zealand is a very intricate process but the following information should help clarify some common questions.

There are numerous factors they take into consideration regarding imports. These include concessions, allowances, immigration status, depreciation and other factors.

They can affect the amount you actually pay on the household goods you bring in.

In some instances, you may not even have to pay any duties or GST(goods and service tax) when moving to New Zealand from the U.S.

In order to qualify for duty and tax free import of your shipment, NZ customs requires that you meet ALL the requirements:

  • Settling for the first time and have the right to residence document
  • Present when the effects are imported
  • Lived outside NZ for the previous 21 months
  • The items in question are owned by you and used before arrival
  • Goods are for personal use only

For more information regarding import, visit the New Zealand customs website.

Popular Destination to Relocate to

Auckland Hastings Wellington
Tauranga Hamilton Napier
Palmerston North New Plymouth

Different Household Goods Shipping Services

  • Shared Container Service
  • Sole Use Container 20ft or 40ft

The main difference between the two services above relate to volume and overall costs. When shipping household goods to New Zealand in a shared container, you’re not only sharing the cost of the container with others, but the destination charges as well. And yes, there are always destination costs.

When using your own ocean freight container to move, the sail dates and arrival times may be quicker, however the costs will be much more for both the shipment and destination fees.

Now, if you are relocating to New Zealand with a vehicle or a full four bedroom household worth of belongings and furniture, then booking your own 20ft container makes sense.

However, most people, not all, elect the shared container as it is more cost effective.

For further information on any of above, call and discuss your move with one of our Moving Specialists at: 800 599-0190 // 562 408-6677

Ratings for New Zealand

Written by Martyn Cohen

Schumacher Cargo Logistics utilizes insured, secured and bonded facilities. We provide warehousing, packing, crating, trucking and loading services out of our own warehouses here in the USA - Los Angeles, Houston, Savannah, Miami, New York, and New Jersey. All other worldwide destinations are covered by our affiliated organization member companies.