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New Zealand Container Shipping

Published by Joe Webster.

What's in this article?
  1. FCL Container Shipping (Full Container Load) To New Zealand
  2. LCL Container Shipping (Less Than Container Load) To New Zealand
  3. Ocean Freight Transport To New Zealand
  4. Air Freight Transport To New Zealand
  5. How Much Does It Cost To Ship To New Zealand?
  6. Shipping Ports In New Zealand
  7. Customs Clearance In New Zealand
  8. Get a Free Price Rate Quote For Shipping To New Zealand
Container Shipping To New Zealand

Need to ship a large amount of freight to New Zealand? Whether you’re moving to New Zealand and want to bring your stuff with you, or you need to regularly move shipments of products, office equipment or any other freight into New Zealand for business purposes, A-1 Auto Transport is here to help.

We have years of experience shipping cargo containers and air freight to New Zealand. Thanks to our wide network of international connections, depth of expertise, and knowledge of customs and import regulations, we can help you with the entire process of shipping your freight to New Zealand. We offer FCL and LCL shipping via cargo ships, as well as express and standard air freight shipping to New Zealand.

Get more details below, and see why you should pick A-1 Auto Transport for ocean or air freight container shipping to New Zealand.

FCL Container Shipping (Full Container Load) To New Zealand

Full Container Load (FCL) shipping involves shipping a full 20-foot or 40-foot cargo container to New Zealand using an ocean-going cargo ship. If you have a large volume of items to ship to New Zealand, this is typically the most cost-effective option.

FCL container shipping is simpler logistically compared to LCL container shipping, since you are the sole owner of the items in your shipment. This makes it faster to clear customs, in most cases, and speeds up and simplifies the shipping process.

LCL Container Shipping (Less Than Container Load) To New Zealand

If you do not have enough goods for FCL container shipping, Less than Container Load (LCL) is right for you. In this method of shipping, you share a single 20 or 40-foot cargo container with a number of other shipping clients.

Your items are loaded into the cargo container, and you’re charged by the volume that they take up. If you use 40% of the capacity of a container, for example, you’ll be charged twice as much as someone who is using 20% of the capacity.

Overall, LCL container shipping is much less expensive than FCL shipping if you do not have enough items to justify an FCL shipping container. However, if you are shipping a large volume of items, note that you will usually pay more if you split them into multiple LCL loads compared to a single FCL load.

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Ocean Freight Transport To New Zealand

Ocean freight transport is the most common way to ship goods to New Zealand, particularly if they are not perishable or have a relatively long shelf life. You’ll load your freight into a cargo container – either a full container or part of a container, depending on if you choose FCL or LCL shipping.

Then, your shipment will be transported by truck to the port of your choice, where it will be loaded onto a cargo ship. Depending on the home and destination port, shipping with ocean freight can take anywhere from 20-45 days. Once your items arrive at the destination port in New Zealand, they will go through customs and will be released to you or your customs broker once the relevant fees and costs are paid.

Air Freight Transport To New Zealand

Air freight transport is a good option for items that are perishable, need to be delivered quickly, or are relatively bulky but light in weight. Rush air shipping can deliver your items within 1-3 days, but standard shipping times are usually around 3-5 days.

However, it’s important to note that the costs of shipping goods via air freight is much higher. If you have the time and can plan ahead, you can save a lot of money by choosing ocean freight transport. If time is of the essence, however, air freight transport to New Zealand is a good option.

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How Much Does It Cost To Ship To New Zealand?

There are a number of factors that can influence the cost of shipping to New Zealand. Here are just a few of them:

  • LCL vs. FCL shipping – Shipping with LCL is typically quite a bit cheaper than shipping with FCL, provided that you do not have enough freight to require an entire cargo container.
  • Air vs. ocean shipping – Air shipping is a lot faster than ocean-based shipping with a cargo container, but it’s correspondingly more expensive. You’ll pay up to 4x more for air shipping than you would for ocean shipping – or more, depending on how heavy your items are, or if you need rush delivery.
  • Volume or weight of items – For LCL and FCL ocean shipping, costs are determined by cargo volume, not weight. Your costs are determined by the size or how many containers you’re using (FCL) or by the amount of space your cargo takes up in a single container (LCL).

For air-based shipping, your rates are not determined by volume, but by weight. You’ll pay more to ship a pallet that measures 48x48 and weighs 5,000 pounds than you would for one that had the same dimensions and weighed 2,000 pounds.

  • Distance traveled – Shipping from Australia to New Zealand will be much cheaper compared to shipping from The United States to New Zealand, for example. The longer your shipment has to travel, the more you’ll pay for shipping services.
  • Required arrival time – A rush air shipment can be much more expensive than a standard air shipment. For ocean-based shipping, it’s usually easier to get the best rates if you have more flexibility in your arrival times – but if you have a strict deadline, you’ll usually pay a bit more.

These are just a few of the factors that can influence the cost of shipping in New Zealand. To learn more and get a free quote, contact A-1 Auto Transport now.

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Shipping Ports In New Zealand

Compared to most other countries, New Zealand does not handle that much freight. However, it still has a number of ports that are relatively busy, and may be appropriate for your shipment, depending on your needs. Here are a few of the top shipping ports in New Zealand.

  • Tauranga – Located in the Bay of Plenty, Tauranga boasts the largest port in all of New Zealand. From its location on the North Island, it handles more than 774,700 cargo containers per year.
  • Auckland – Auckland is the largest city in New Zealand, so it’s no surprise that its port is also one of the largest in the country when it comes to cargo container volume – handling about 580,000 shipping containers per year.
  • Lyttleton – Located on the east side of the South Island, Lyttleton handles nearly 280,000 cargo containers per year, making it the largest port in the south of New Zealand.
  • Napier – The Port of Napier is located near the middle of the North Island’s east side, and handles about 172,800 cargo containers per year.
  • Otago – Port Otago is the second-largest port on the South Island, and its location near the southern tip of the island makes it a common destination for shipments from Australia.

Depending on whether you’re shipping to the North or South Island of New Zealand, any of these ports may be the right choice for you.

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Customs Clearance In New Zealand

A-1 Auto Transport can help with the process of processing your shipments with a customs broker, but there are a number of things you need to be aware of at customs clearance in New Zealand.

First, you’ll need a client code if you’re shipping goods in excess of $1,000 NZD. Typically, shipments valued over $1,000 NZD are subject to a 15% GST (Goods and Services Tax). Note also that there are a number of prohibited and restricted items. Explicit media, some types of knives, disguised weapons and drug paraphernalia are prohibited. Some items are restricted and require special permission, including ivory, some types of prescription drugs, and items made from some types of animals like turtles, whales, and dolphins.

You can get a full overview of customs clearance information in New Zealand from the New Zealand Customs Office here.

Get a Free Price Rate Quote For Shipping To New Zealand

At A-1 Auto Transport, we specialize in both ocean freight transport and air freight transport to New Zealand. Whether you need to move household goods and a vehicle for a permanent move to New Zealand, or you’re working as an importer/exporter or with a multinational business in New Zealand, we can help.

From LCL and FCL ocean freight shipping to express air freight shipping to New Zealand, we do it all – at the best prices. If you need help with your shipping project, don’t wait. Contact us now to get a free quote, and all of the information you need for your shipment.

We’ll give you a quote, and more detailed information about the specifics of shipping to New Zealand, what you need to know about customs, and much more. Contact us online or give us a call at 1-888-241-3110 to get started right away.

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Joe was born in Santa Cruz, California. During high school, Joe worked as a mechanic; a job continued to work part-time during his bachelor's degree.

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