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Typical Shipping Prices – How Much Does It Cost?

  • Vehicle shipping costs to New Zealand from the U.S. generally run between $3,500 and $7,000. 
  • An important consideration when shipping a car to New Zealand is that many left-hand drive cars will need to be converted, though some may qualify for an exemption.

Cost & Time Examples For Shipping a Car to New Zealand

To/FromGroundOceanDays
San Jose, CA to (California port) to Auckland$200$3,4005+17
Los Angeles to (California port) to Dunedin$350$4,3005+27
Boston, MA to (New York port) to Lyttleton$400$3,6005+30
Portland, OR to (California port) to Auckland$475$3,4006+17
Seattle, WA to (California port) to Dunedin$550$4,3006+27
Columbus, OH to (New York port) to Tauranga$550$3,4005+64
Chicago, IL to (New York port) to Chalmers$675$3,6006+30
Atlanta, GA to (New York port) to Tauranga$700$3,4006+64
Denver, CO to (California port) to Nelson$775$4,3007+26
Houston, TX to (New York port) to Auckland$1,075$3,4007+30

*Prices and times are estimated. They can vary depending on the season and the type of vehicle.

*Save the ground transport cost by delivering the vehicle to the nearest port.

*Allow an additional 10 days to process the documents.

*Prices are for 1 car in a dedicated 20ft container. This is the safest and most reliable way to transport a vehicle internationally. Other items may be included in the container to help save you money when moving.

*Using the RoRo (roll on, roll off) method is less expensive and shipments can be completed in fewer days. Contact us now for a free RoRo quote.

Importing your vehicle into a foreign country can often be an involved and complex process, but armed with the correct information and backed by a reputable auto transport company, the procedure can indeed be painless.  The New Zealand Customs Service website supplies a wealth of knowledge, as does the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) website.

Any vehicle imported into New Zealand must pass a certification process given by a NZTA-approved certifier in compliance with all legal requirements.  This ensures the vehicle meets or exceeds minimum vehicle standards determined by the vehicle type and age.

This certification includes a physical inspection that verifies a number of things, including, but not limited to, the following:

  • The vehicle has a working and accurate odometer.
  • The vehicle meets the minimum frontal impact standard.

The importer is responsible for obtaining proof of this certification prior to registering the vehicle.  It really is in your best interest to check the New Zealand Transport Agency website, and contact them directly with any questions, prior to making shipping arrangements.

Read more about vehicle registration process in New Zealand.

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Duty Free

New Zealand is one of the few countries that DOES NOT impose tariff duties on personal use vehicles.  Motorhomes, however, are the exception and are subject to 10% customs duty.  For vehicles worth more than $1000, there is a small import entry transaction fee (IETF) of $29.26, as well as a biosecurity system entry levy of $17.63 (payable to the Ministry for Primary Industries).  New Zealand does, however, charge a “Goods and Services Tax” (GST) that is calculated based on the vehicle’s value as determined by the CIF (Cost + Insurance + Freight), less any deductions for depreciation.  This tax is currently at a flat percentage rate of 15%.

If you are permanently moving into New Zealand and can supply prove of residence on the date of importation, the GST will be waived (this will also waive customs duty in the case of a motorhome).

Required Documents For Shipping A Vehicle to New Zealand

  1. Current New Zealand residence visa or permit.
  2. Current RETURNING residence visa or permit.
  3. New Zealand passport.
  4. Australian passport.
  5. Current NZ WORK permit or visa (issued for a minimum of 12 months)
  6. Current NZ VISITOR’S permit of visa (issued for a minimum of 3 years)

Upon the vehicle’s arrival in New Zealand, it will be immediately inspected by the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) for quarantine inspection and cleaning.  It will then be transferred to Customs to complete clearance.  At this point, the importer will be required to supply certain documents to help with the process as detailed below.

Documents Requested

  • Passport.
  • Commercial Invoice (indicating price paid and date of purchase)
  • Current Registration.
  • Certificate of Title.
  • Freight Costs and Insurance Invoice.
  • Bill of Lading.
  • Odometer Reading (reading upon export from the previous country and reading upon import into NZ)

Because New Zealand does not charge a tariff duty, the process of shipping your vehicle is often much less costly than many other countries.  Be sure to verify all information needed prior to making shipping arrangements and ALWAYS ask questions if you are confused.  New Zealand offers some great resources to make contact as easy as possible.  Finally, enlist the help of an exceptionally trustworthy auto transport company to conclude the process.

Shipping Of Heavy Equipment & Oversized Cargo To New Zealand

Hiring international transporters with years of experience and all the proper credentials is the greatest way to have your heavy equipment or oversized cargo shipped outside the United States. When you hire a reliable shipping company such as A1 Auto Transport, you can expect that your cargo will be delivered safe and sound with very little concerns. With connections to the highest quality shipping equipment and most current shipping technologies, we are positive that we can ship your oversized cargo to the Netherlands successfully.

Accomplishing all the requirements of the Netherlands may be the most tedious part of an international delivery for most individuals. Opportunely, at A1 we have knowledge of these laws and the tariffs must be paid before you can earn the certificate of import approval from Customs.

  • Farm Equipment including tractors, balers, harvesters, backhoes, etc.
  • Construction Equipment including bulldozers, forklifts, pipes, hydraulic equipment, dumpers, rock breakers, etc.
  • Mining Equipment including loaders, excavators, haulers, etc.
  • Paving Equipment including asphalt pavers, planers, compactors, graders, reclaimers, etc.
  • Agricultural Equipment including tractors, combine harvesters, plows, spreaders, drills, mowers, planers, etc.

The Various Ways to Internationally Ship Your Heavy Equipment

Through A1 Auto Transport, you have several shipping options to select from. Although you may not have all of these options available to you. Conditional upon the type of equipment or cargo you need to have delivered, you may have fewer choices regarding your shipping process. Our representatives will discuss your options with you after you answer a few of their questions.

Short Descriptions for Each International Transport Methods

  • Container shipping implements the greatest amount of security against outdoor elements by enclosing your cargo within four walls and a ceiling. All cargo must fit inside of at least our 40ft container if this is the desired transport method.
  • Flat rack shipping is an open air service that includes securely attaching your cargo to a large metal frame. The metal rack is placed on top of the vessel with your cargo strapped to it.
  • Roll on/roll off shipping is the least expensive form of international transport. It is an open air service available to those with large vehicles or heavy equipment that can drive onto and off of the ship using a ramp. This tends to be the most popular of all the transport methods offered through A1.
  • Lift on/lift off shipping is open air transport method best for those shipping large broken down vehicles, construction materials and crated heavy equipment. A crane is used to lift the cargo onto the ship as well as off of the ship.

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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.

Email me - info@a1autotransport.com

Satisfied Customers

“Just wanted you to know that the car arrived last Friday, the 29th with no problems. The driver was very nice and patient with driving directions! Thanks for your fine service and Happy Holidays!”

“There aren’t many regulations in the auto shipping business, making it quite chaotic. Scams are unfortunately too frequent from what I’ve heard. I had to get my Porsche to Maryland, and the quotes I found ranged between $600 and $800. However, doing some research, most companies I found had mixed reviews. Some reviews were downright terrible. A1 Auto Transport was the exception, and it was easy to see why. From the very first call, Joe explained in detail everything I needed to know, how to stay in touch with his driver, and encouraged me to call me anytime I needed something. My car was delivered in less than a week. The price was the one we agreed on in the beginning, no extra charges midway. I requested they transport it in a covered trailer, so it would be safe from the elements. It was a bit more expensive but worth keeping my car safe. I am very happy with the results and would recommend A1 Auto Transport to everyone!”

“I shipped my Civic from to South Dakota using A1 Auto Transport. Stories of people losing their cars in transit or having to wait weeks for them when using other companies, made me a bit weary. But fortunately, my experience with A1 was the exact opposite. My car arrived 5 days after its departure, even faster than me. The process felt a bit informal when I got updated on the transport’s status via text message. I was a bit stressed, but Joe’s reassurances made it bearable. I found another company with slightly lower prices, but they just didn’t seem trustworthy, so I chose A1. I met the driver before the shipment, which was also reassuring. Somehow, they managed to keep my Civic for 3 days until I got to South Dakota to pick it up. I’m quite happy with my choice and I’ll give them a call when I go back home.”

“Reliable! My Ford Ranger was due to be picked up at 2PM, but they came early by 15 minutes. I was delighted since I had a doctor's appointment. The pickup and delivery was handled professionally. It got to Minnesota on time. A1 Auto Transport knows how to make things easy for its clients. I can't imagine risking my vehicle with another transport service provider. Time is gold for me, so I am definitely saving their number for future reference and referrals!”

“I was having a hell of a time with a broker, so I started looking for alternatives. From the first moment Joe picked up the phone, I knew this was the company I needed. There was something about the tone of his voice, the way he explained everything that reassured me. After my husband’s dad passed away, his mother wanted to leave her vehicle to our son. It was a barely driven Pontiac, and at 18 years old, it was all our son needed. But how were we supposed to get it to him to Delaware? I searched online and spoke to a broker who promised he’d find a carrier within 2 days. 4 days later, I called back to learn he’d forgotten all about our arrangement. He asked for 2 more days, but I was over it. A friend from work wanted to help and found A1 Auto Transport online. We both went through the site, and we were sold. Joe was very attentive and the door to door service was awesome. 2 years later, our son wanted to move closer to home, so we once again called A1. The car didn’t fare too well to my son’s driving. It was in need of multiple repairs, and he was worried something might happen during transport. I explained to Joe the situation, and after getting all the details on the Pontiac’s condition, he agreed to help. Just in case, the driver inspected it carefully and was even more careful loading it onto the truck. I called a couple times to check its condition and the driver also sent me regular texts letting me know it was ok and how much he had to go until the destination. My son was technically the client, so I was happy he took the time to inform me as well. I give A1 Auto Transport my honest praise and thanks for their great service!”

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