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What can I ship to New Zealand?

Dec 21. 2016

We’ve had the pleasure of moving countless families, individuals and organisations to New Zealand over the years. We appreciate that the rules and regulations for shipping possessions to New Zealand can seem complicated. Here is our brief guide to the key points for shipping to New Zealand:

There are several documents that you will need to ship your items to New Zealand, they include- Unaccompanied Personal Baggage Declaration NZCS218, MPI Supplementary Declaration, original or certified passport and visa copies for all family members.

Clearing customs and quarantine procedures:
MAF Bio-security New Zealand (MAFBNZ) along with New Zealand Customs Service and the department of immigration have specific requirements for people moving personal effects/ household possessions to New Zealand. An inspector will assess documentation presented to MAFBNZ for possible risk goods and an inspection of your personal effects may be required. If the shipment is a full sea container load, an inspection is mandatory and will be carried out by an accredited person or MAFBNZ inspector at our agent’s depot and may take between 10 to 14 days. Additional charges may be made by MAFBNZ and will be billed separately.

Prohibited items:
Canned/dried meat, spices, honey, dairy, egg
Flick-knives, swordsticks, replica firearms and knuckledusters
Controlled drugs, ornamental pipes such as Sheesha or Hookah
Pornographic material
Endangered wildlife products must have a CITES export permit issued by appropriate authority from the country of origin.

Restricted items:
New or used items may attract duty/ GST tax, as when belonging to persons who do not meet the qualifying criteria.
Alcohol can be imported duty free by persons who qualify and with a full list of type/size/proof/volume documents proof of previous ownership.
Tobacco will attract duty charges.
Radio transmitting equipment that does not comply with NZ regulations.
Medicines should be original and with accompanying doctors prescriptions.
Firearms and ammunition are strictly controlled and a Police Import Permit is required. For further information: www.police.gov.nz
Items of specific MPI interest: foodstuffs of any kind, biological specimens, garden and outdoor sports equipment, vacuum cleaners, untreated raw timbers or wood, bamboo, cane and rattan.

Motor Vehicles:
All vehicles being imported to New Zealand are subject to New Zealand design, age and emission regulations it is critical the requirements are met before considering shipping to New Zealand. All motorised vehicles are potentially included- cars, motorbikes, ride-on-mowers, children’s motorised scooters, farm equipment and battery operated push bikes.

If you require any further information on shipping possession to New Zealand, our International Department will be happy to help. They can be contacted on 01902 714555 or via sales@burkebros.co.uk


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