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Cost To Ship a Motorcycle to New Zealand

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What's in this article?
  1. Ways To Ship Your Motorcycle To New Zealand
  2. Important Notes For Shipping To New Zealand
  3. Paying Duties And Taxes
  4. Prior To Shipment
Motorcycle Shipping Rates

Shipping a motorcycle to New Zealand or any other vehicle is easy to do when you hire A1 Auto Transport Service to transport for you. With over twenty years of service, you can expect only the best when you choose us.

Whether you're shipping a Harley Davidson or an F1 Superbike, you can trust our agents will take good care of your bike while it's away from you. Our agents can ship anywhere from the United States.  We offer options such as door-to-door or door-to-port to make it easier for you. Just drop your motorcycle off where you are located and we will do the rest. We also offer convenient departure locations so you can pick up your motorcycle from any city or town.

Motorcycles most commonly leave from the west coast, Los Angeles, when headed for New Zealand because the travel on water is shorter from there than if the motorcycle left from New York or other locations.

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Ways to Ship your Motorcycle to New Zealand.

You will have three methods of shipping to choose from when organizing your shipping date to New Zealand. You can choose from air freight, Roll On/ Roll Off services, or container. If you choose the air shipping method, you will find that your motorcycle will reach New Zealand very quickly however it is the most expensive way to ship. If you choose the Roll On/ Roll Off shipping method, you will have a more affordable way to ship your motorcycle. This method of shipping is good if you have only one motorcycle to ship. Container shipping is more expensive than the Roll On/ Roll Off method of shipping, however, your motorcycle will be placed in a container where you can share with others to save on costs. Motorcycles are cheaper to ship than automobiles using the container shipping method.

Important Notes for Shipping to New Zealand.

There are currently three ports that you can ship to - Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch. A1 Auto Transport agents can assist you when you are ready to ship. They can handle all customs documentation and ensure that you have everything you need to import and meet the requirements. You will need to familiarize yourself with the road requirements before you put your motorcycle on the road in New Zealand. Viewing the rules and regulations will help you to avoid any modification fees that could occur once you arrive. It will also prevent your motorcycle from being quarantined.

Pay Goods And Service Tax

Paying Duties and Taxes.

Where you plan to go will determine how much you will pay in duties and taxes. You may be required to pay goods and service tax. If you are bringing your vehicle into New Zealand, you will have up to one year before you will be required to pay any taxes or fees. If you are moving to New Zealand, you will be exempt from the required duties and taxes as long as you can prove that you have been living outside of New Zealand over twenty-one months and have owned your bike for over a year. Your bike will also need to meet all road requirements.

Prior to Shipment.

You will need to prepare your motorcycle for shipping by doing the following:

  • Disconnect the battery.
  • Drain almost all fuel from the motorcycle except for what is in the reserve tank.
  • Find a shipping crate for your motorcycle.

Unless other arrangements are made, your motorcycle will need to be shipped in a container that is shared with another so be sure to pack your motorcycle so it's secured. Other items will most likely be packed around it. A1 Auto Transport can pack your motorcycle for you if you cannot find a crate. If you decide to build your crate yourself, you will need to make sure that the lumber you use is ISPM15. The GST is payable at 15% on the value of your motorcycle plus the freight and insurance cost. This is also known as CIF. You may qualify for the GST exemption when importing your motorcycle. It's important to note that A1 Auto Transport will apply on your behalf to customs and each case is reviewed independently. If you meet all criteria you will be exempt. The criteria include:

  • Be a first time immigrant to New Zealand or a returning citizen.
  • If you have been living abroad, you must have been out of the country for more than twenty-one months.
  • You will need to sign a deed and agree that you will not sell your motorcycle for at least two years.
  • You must be the owner of the motorcycle for at least twelve months.
  • You will need to actually be in New Zealand in order to claim the exemption.
Motorcycle Transport To New Zealand

You will need to have the following documentation:

  • Proof that you are the owner of the motorcycle for at least twelve months.
  • Provide your purchase receipt for your motorcycle or you will need a current New Zealand valuation provided from a local dealer. These documents will container the weight, dimensions, and the location of your motorcycle. This will be used to calculate the amount of freight you will pay.
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Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing. 

After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood. 

With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.

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It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.

Due to the nature of my work, I must relocate every couple of years to where my company needs me. Because of this, I’ve tested several moving and auto transport companies over the years.

And my choice in terms of auto transport has to be A1 Auto Transport. It’s in the name, but also in the quality with which they do their jobs. I’ve never had a problem with this company.

The only time my shipment was delayed was during winter when a snowstorm closed down all the major roads. And they still found an alternative and got my car delivered before roads got unstuck.

When I moved to West Virginia, they picked up my car the very day I called them. I like to think they take special care of me considering all the business I’ve sent them. I’ll continue to support A1 Auto Transport. It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.

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You have my full support and recommendation!

I considered selling my car when I moved to Washington. It was old and rusty, but I grew attached to it. So, I called a couple companies to transport it to my new home, but they both fell through.

The first one couldn’t decide on a schedule. He would constantly change the pickup date till I got frustrated and canceled. The second was insufferable, very rude on the phone, even worse in person.

They started picking a part my car asking me why I still have it. If that’s their opinion of my vehicle, how can I trust they’ll take care of it? If something happened midway, why wouldn’t they just blame it on the car instead of paying up?

So, I cancelled this company as well and turned to A1 Auto Transport. From the get go, they were very different from my past options. Their website was very professional and up to date, full of useful information. I requested a quote using their online form, and I got an email response within an hour. Surprisingly fast!

If I didn’t know any better, I would’ve thought they were lacking customers, but the email spoke for itself. In just one email, everything I needed to know was there, including a contact number I could use to get more information or confirm the transport.

I called and got things rolling. I was very pleased with the driver. He followed standard procedure and represented his company well. Can’t remember his name, but props to him!

The car arrived in Washington 6 days later in excellent condition. From what I understand, the transport was delayed a bit by a storm, but since the time window was 4-6 days from the beginning, I don’t really care. You have my full support and recommendation!

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I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.

There are a lot of options for auto transport these days, which surprisingly makes it harder to find a good company. I received more than 10 offers to ship my car, but I couldn’t decide on any of them.

After doing some research, I got even more worried reading about all the scams and accidents that can happen. But, I have work to do and couldn’t afford to drive my newly purchased Mini Cooper all the way to Virginia.

Fortunately, I made the right choice with A1 Auto Transport. They are very good at their jobs. I spent more than an hour drilling Joe with various questions, and he never once lost his patience. He saw I was interested, so he bore with me until I was satisfied. The driver was also very courteous and my car was intact on arrival. I couldn’t have asked for more.

By the way, the price we first agreed on stayed the same. There were no delays or unexpected “surprises.” I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.

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We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10! We chose them to move our car from California to Vermont, since we needed professionals.

We were abroad during the transport, so the transport was a bit tricky. The driver had to pick it up from storage on short notice and get it to its destination within at most 10 days. I was happy to note it arrived sooner. We got it 3 days early, right when we got home to pick it up. It made getting around way easier. Awesome service!

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