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  New Zealand Import Regulation
  1. Clients must carry with them the following documents:
    • Purchase receipt showing total price paid and date of purchase.
    • Statement to Planet Move Management Limited showing ocean freight at cost (not full depot to depot service and insurance premium.
    • Proof of the date vehicle handed in for shipping and the odometer reading, ie condition report.
    • Proof of ownership or title to vehicle.
    Vehicles from Australia Registration documents
    Vehicles from UK Registration documents or Certificate of permanent Export
    Vehicles from USA/Canada A Certificate of Title
  2. For a first time immigrant with Residence Visa/Permit, having owned and used the vehicle for at least one year prior to shipment - no tax will apply.
  3. For a returning New Zealander or if the vehicle is owned for less than one year, tax will be required, calculated as follows:
    • Purchase price, less depreciation, plus freight and insurance. GST @ 12.5% of the total.
    • Vehicles are duty free with the exception of motor homes.
For vehicles owned and used for that period, before handing in for shipment.
Less than 90 days 0%
3 months less than 4 months 13%
4 months less than 6 months 20%
6 months less than 9 months 27.5%
9 months less than 12 months 35%
1 year less than 2 years 50%
2 years less than 3 years 60%
3 years less than 4 years 70%
4 years or more 75%
Vehicles must be cleaned prior to export. "All parts of the vehicle must be free of contamination including the chasses, under carriage, wheels, tyres, suspension, drive shaft, exhaust, baggage compartment, spare wheel well, engine compartment, including radiator grill and air intake vents and interior of vehicle".
For vehicles owned and used for that period, before handing in for shipment.
Statement of Compliance : NZ$500.00
Quarantine inspection fee : NZ$265.00
Steam cleaning and re-inspection
vacuum (if required)
: NZ$400.00
Compliance - Certificate/Warrant
of Fitness
: NZ$500.00
Registration for 12 months : NZ$350-$450.00
(Depending of
engine CC rating)
  1. This document must be obtained from the manufacturers New Zealand agent for that make of vehicle.
    Please e-mail Planet full details of vehicle to enable us to confirm manufacturers New Zealand agent. Alternatively go directly to website:
  2. It is the task of that agent to obtain from the overseas manufacturer the specifications on the vehicle being imported and then given a written report confirming that the vehicle complies with New Zealand manufacturing standards. This process can taken several weeks and needs to be started as soon as the owner arrives in New Zealand or prior.
  3. Exceptions - Australian registered; and vehicles manufactured and first registered before 1991.
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Land Transport New Zealand Contact
Email [email protected]
Helpdesk(freephone) 0800 699 000(within New Zealand)
64 4 931 8700 (overseas).
Address Land Transport New Zealand
PO Box 2840
New Zealand.
Contact an entry certifier. The organisations listed below are appointed by the Director of Land Transport to advise on the suitability of vehicles for import. They carry out entry certification of imported used vehicles and new vehicles that are imported by persons other than the vehicle manufacturer's representative in New Zealand:

On Road New Zealand
Phone +64 9 444 6921, Fax +64 9 444 1827

Vehicle Inspection New Zealand (VINZ)
Phone +64 9 573 3055, Fax +64 9 573 3059

Vehicle Testing New Zealand (VTNZ)
Phone +64 4 381 6500, Fax +64 4 381 6530
Email [email protected]
Where the import status of a motor vehicle is difficult to determine, you may need to contact the manufacturer's representative in New Zealand for confirmation that the vehicle is suitable for importation.
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