Auckland at night


A car is shipped on its own in a sealed 20’ container from our private warehouse near Barking / East London to Auckland, Tauranga, Napier, Wellington, and Lyttelton (Christchurch). Ships normally sail every week taking 6–8 weeks and any items packed inside a car travel free of charge. It can take a further 1 to 2 weeks in New Zealand for clearance and entry certification before a car is ready to be registered to be used on the road.

A booking is made by completing our shipment booking form and can be made up to 3 months or as little as 1 week before shipment. Cars cannot be shipped if there is finance still outstanding.

All vehicles entering New Zealand must be checked and entry certified by an approved New Zealand testing station before they can be registered and licensed. There are exemptions from some of the regulations for personal import qualifying cars and almost all cars up to 10 years old or over 20 years old. Very few vehicles would not be able to be imported and it is recommended that vehicle details are checked with an NZ entry certifier prior to shipment especially for cars between 10 and 20 years old that are not personal imports. A personal import is a car that qualifies for GST-free entry.

GST-free entry is allowed for first time permanent residents (and for New Zealand nationals that have been away from New Zealand for more than 21 months) that have owned and used a vehicle for over 12 months before shipment.

The costs in the UK are for shipping and Lloyds of London marine insurance payable before the day of sailing by UK cheque or bank transfer. In New Zealand costs are payable for local shipping line, port fees and container unpacking, customs clearance and border checks, quarantine inspection and possibly cleaning, entry certification checking and testing, warrant of fitness, annual registration and driving insurance.

New Zealand taxes (if applicable) on most cars are 0% duty and 15% Goods and Services Tax (GST). GST is payable on the UK purchase price less a depreciation allowance based on how long the car has been owned + the cost of shipment.

Any items or personal / household effects packed inside a car would travel free of charge. An unaccompanied personal effects declaration is required at destination and items would be customs and quarantine cleared separately from the vehicle.

We recommend agents in New Zealand who liaise with the local port and arrange unpacking, handle all of the arrival custom and quarantine formalities and work with an entry certifier for testing and registration.

A guide to the total costs (excluding any tax) would be about £1,450–1,550 shipping + £200–400 marine insurance in the UK and NZ$3,000–3,500 in New Zealand to include port and unpacking charges, customs and MAF fees and entry certification and registration.

Full, printable information covering everything on this website and more, including a guide to prices and useful website and contact addresses, can be found in the New Zealand Info Pack (PDF).

NZ | Key FactsNZ | Guide to Shipping
NZ | Customs Rules & TaxesNZ | Import Regulations
NZ | Costs on ArrivalNZ | Info Pack (PDF)