When moving back to New Zealand, a lot of people want to be able to bring their cars, utes, trailers and caravans with them. For some people, moving your car to New Zealand can be a lot more cost effective than buying a new one once you get there. As long as you’ve owned your vehicle for at least 12 months before you depart for New Zealand, it should qualify for concessionary entry (duty and GST free) to New Zealand.
To minimise the possibility of MAF Biosecurity ordering your car to be cleaned and vacuumed upon arrival in New Zealand you should have your vehicle steam cleaned prior to shipping. Overseas Packers & Shippers can arrange this for you at our facility before your vehicle is loaded and we will ensure your vehicle is as clean as possible before departure.
Make sure your vehicle does not contain any household and personal effects because these items require a separate clearance process and are not included in your Motor Vehicle Clearance.
If you are importing a motor vehicle under concession rules (Customs & Duty Free Importation) it is possible that you will be required to attend an interview with New Zealand Customs.
You will need the following documents for clearance of your motor vehicle:
- original Registration Certificate and/or original deregistration certificate as applicable;
- original purchase invoice;
- original compliance certificate issued by the manufacturer of the car if applicable/required; and
- original Passport.
Motor Vehicle Compliance and Registration
Once you’ve moved your car to New Zealand, you’ll need to get it registered before you’re allowed to drive it on the roads there. In order to register your vehicle on New Zealand roads you may need to provide a manufacturers certificate of compliance for frontal impact & emission standards. You can find more information about this on this website www.nzta.govt.nz.
The following organisations have been appointed by the NZTA to confirm the suitability of vehicles for import and complete entry certification:
- Automobile Association (AA) www.aa.co.nz
- Vehicle Inspection New Zealand (VINZ) www.vinz.co.nz
- Vehicle Testing New Zealand (VTNZ) www.vtnz.co.nz
When your motor vehicle has arrived in New Zealand and has been given the all clear on Biosecurity checks there are some things you need to do before you start driving it on the roads. You will need to organise a compliance inspection and vehicle registration to ensure that it complies with New Zealand regulations and safety laws. Overseas Packers & Shippers have partners located in New Zealand that can help you get this organised as soon as possible.