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Five Facts About Shipping Household Effects to New Zealand

Jul 31. 2019

There are specific requirements for the moving of household effects and personal possessions to New Zealand. These are stated by the New Zealand Customs Service, the Department of Immigration and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).

Here we’ve compiled a selection of facts about shipping your items into the country.  These are just some of the requirements!  Our International Department are on hand to answer any questions you have about importing household goods into New Zealand.

1. Wood packing
Wood packing must have been fumigated or heat treated prior to use and be declared in the quarantine declaration (for full container loads) regarding container cleanliness.

2. Vehicles
Vehicles as well as such machinery as jet skis, lawn mowers and chainsaws also need to conform to biosecurity requirements. These are all inspected on arrival. Vehicles need to be really thoroughly cleaned inside and out. This does include underneath, around the wheels and wheel arches.
Any vehicles deemed to be contaminated will be directed for treatment and re-inspection and this will be charged for.

3. Manifest
An accurate and clear manifest of belongings will help the shipment be assessed quickly upon arrival in New Zealand. Packing goods that may require inspection together, for example, can save costs and speed the process up.

4. Shipping Containers
All containers must meet the requirements of the Import Health Standard For Sea Containers.

5. Inspection and Treatment Charges
Charges are based on the number of items inspected and include a travel fee to the place of inspection. All importations are required to pay a Biosecurity System Entry Levy. Any charges for the treatment of goods are billed separately by the authorised treatment provider.
There are many more regulations for shipping possessions to New Zealand. A reputable and experienced international moving company, with industry accreditations, will be able to help you and guide you through the process.

Burke Bros Moving Group have long established relationships with overseas New Zealand agents and an experienced export packing team along with our quarantine and customs and excise expertise.

For further information, our International Department will be happy to assist you on sales@burkebros.co.uk and on 01902 714555. There is also further information on our dedicated ‘moving to New Zealand’ webpage here.

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