Shipping to New Zealand – Important Information You Should Know Before Container Shipping Overseas

Situated in the Southwestern Pacific Ocean, New Zealand includes several islands including the North Island also called Te Ika-a-Maui, along with Te Waipounamu or the South Island. While the capital of New Zealand is Wellington, the country’s largest city and biggest shipping port is Auckland. New Zealand is also home to many medium and small shipping ports, some of which include Port Chalmers, Port of Westport, Port of Napier, and Marsden Point.

If you are interested in international freight quote shipping to New Zealand, there is some required documentation you will need to get in order in advance. This includes your original passport and some type of proof of residence and employment. You may also need to provide evidence that you transferred funds to New Zealand.

As with most international shipping, you should plan to create a detailed inventory of the items that you are shipping to New Zealand. Make sure to list all of the items that are in each carton and to also document boxes you packed yourself as “PBO” or packed by owner. Finally, you will need your customs declaration documentation filled out when you are shipping to New Zealand. This means that you should plan to be in New Zealand before your cargo shipment arrives in the country.

Duty Free Shipping to New Zealand – Rules and Regulations

If you are shipping used household goods to New Zealand, and this includes electrical appliances and furniture, you may be able to ship these items duty-free. Here are some of the qualifications for duty free shipping to New Zealand

Keep in mind that if your cargo shipment is forwarded to New Zealand before you arrive in the country, the New Zealand customs authority will require a sight entry. This means that the customs officers will inspect the shipment and require a customs duty deposit on the insured value, until you are able to provide proof of entry to New Zealand, at which time the deposit will be refunded.

If fumigation of your cargo shipment to New Zealand is required, you will be expected to pay for the charges of this service. Shipments may also require inspection by quarantine. This is determined during the clearance procedure and if necessary, you will be expected to cover the charges.

Duty Fees When Shipping Cargo to New Zealand

You may be expected to pay duty fees on the items you are shipping to New Zealand. For example, you are required to pay duty fees on any new items that you are shipping.

If you are shipping alcoholic beverages and tobacco products as part of typical household contents, or as part of a collector’s cellar, these items may be imported on a duty and tax free basis, as long as you are a first time immigrant to New Zealand or a New Zealand resident returning to the country after having been away at least 21 months or more.

Regulated and Restricted Items When International Shipping to New Zealand

If you are shipping to New Zealand, some items may be highly regulated or restricted. For example, depending on the type, radio transmitting equipment may not comply with New Zealand radio frequency service.

There are also very special rules about shipping firearms and ammunition to New Zealand. Firearms and ammunition is strictly controlled in New Zealand and a Police Permit is required if you are interested in shipping these items. Please note that any firearms and ammunition shipped to New Zealand must be packed separately. You will need to individually list these items on the shipping inventory, and pack it at the front of the shipping container for easy access for customs officials.