Ship a Car to New Zealand

Shipping a Car from the USA to New Zealand

Shipping Your Car to New Zealand? Car Shipping to New Zealand from the USA starts at a cost of $1,550 USD with an estimated turnaround time of 21 days, depending on the make and model of the vehicle and whether the origin in the USA is on the east or west coast. Below, our 2019 guide will explore everything you need to know about car shipping to New Zealand.

We can also help you ship your car from New Zealand to the United States.

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Read on below for our US to New Zealand Vehicle Shipping Checklist, Vehicle Import Options, US to New Zealand Car Shipping Costs & Time Frame, US to New Zealand Vehicle Shipping Options, Ports Served in the US & New Zealand, and other details for Car Shipping from USA to New Zealand.

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US to New Zealand Vehicle Shipping Checklist

Here’s a rough breakdown of the process you’ll need to go through to ship your vehicle to New Zealand.
  • Determine your vehicle’s eligibility for import under the New Zealand Transport Agency’s vehicle import standards
  • Once you’ve identified the standards your vehicle must meet, you’ll need the documentation to prove it, as well as evidence of compliance with emissions standards. Documentation includes:

    • Proof of Ownership

    • Emissions Standards

    • Frontal Impact Standards

    • Fuel Consumption Certificate

    • Evidence of Overall Standards Compliance

  • Understand the costs of shipping a vehicle, including:

    • Freight and insurance charges when shipping your vehicle

    • Wharf, transport, storage and delivery charges after your vehicle arrives

    • Duties, taxes and fees

    • Cleaning the undercarriage of foreign soil

    • Registration and insurance requirements in the relevant New Zealand State or Territory

    • Other charges such as import processing, customs brokers’, and logistics service provider charges

  • Select an international car shipping company and preferred shipping method to transport your vehicle from the United States to New Zealand
  • Determine your vehicle’s departure and destination ports
  • Confirm the vehicle is clean and free of biosecurity concerns – vehicles shipped to New Zealand must meet biosecurity requirements to prevent the introduction of pests and diseases.
  • If you wish to register your vehicle for road use in New Zealand, your vehicle must successfully complete entry certification before you can apply to register it.

More information on the process of shipping a vehicle to New Zealand can be found here.

Vehicle Import Options

As you engage in the vehicle shipping process, some of the most important questions to consider include:

  • Whether you plan to permanently keep the car in New Zealand or if it’s just a temporary move,

  • Whether you have been the owner of the car for over 12 months.

  • Whether the car is older than 20 years.

These questions and more will determine whether your car is eligible for shipping to New Zealand. New Zealand allows the import of new and used vehicles, provided the vehicle meets applicable standards, safety and emissions requirements.

There must also be acceptable proof of entitlement to the vehicle and standards compliance. You should never assume your scenario is the same as someone else’s. Some vehicles such as classic cars may have eligibility requirements that differ from those for newer vehicles.

Controls under New Zealand Land Transport Rules only apply to whether vehicles may be used on public roads or not. You may legally import any type of vehicle if it is for public display or for use on private roads or off road.

To obtain an estimate of the cost to ship a car to New Zealand, fill out our free quick quote form.

Vehicle Import Approval

All used vehicles entering New Zealand for the first time must go through a border check, Customs inspection and entry certification before they can be used on the road. The Transport Agency enforces New Zealand’s vehicle standards law as part of the entry certification process. NZ Customs Service (Customs) checks import requirements such as import tax or duty. The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) checks for biosecurity, e.g. the presence of any insects or mud on or in the vehicle.

Entry Certification Process:

  • Verifies that the vehicle met the required safety and emissions standards when manufactured
  • inspects the vehicle to check it is in good condition
  • decides whether the vehicle needs any repairs and/or specialist certification
  • certifies the vehicle for compliance with the safety and emissions requirements
  • issues an Application to register a motor vehicle form (MR2A) and a warrant or certificate of fitness

The entry certification processes apply to mopeds, motorcycles, cars, off-road passenger vehicles, vans, utes, minibuses and heavy vehicles. They do not apply to low-powered vehicles, or to Classes TA and TB (light trailers). Older vehicles, pre-1990, only need to meet some of the standards. The vehicle classes fit into two groups: light vehicles and heavy vehicles, depending on the gross vehicle mass (GVM) which is the maximum allowable weight specified by the manufacturer.

Once the inspector has completed his/her structural inspection a pink Transport Agency sticker will be applied to the driver’s side windscreen wiper arm of the vehicle. The vehicle can be released when both the Transport Agency and the MPI biosecurity inspection stickers are affixed to the vehicle.

Things to Consider

  • You will need to ensure that your car meets all the provisions of the Motor Vehicles Standard Act of 1989, particularly the regulations pertaining to emission levels and safety standards.
  • Release of a vehicle by the Customs Service after arrival in New Zealand is not proof that you will be able to register the vehicle for use on public roads in New Zealand.

US to New Zealand Car Shipping Costs & Time Frame

Using a baseline of a compact car being shipped and loaded into our weekly consolidated container from the Port of Los Angeles to the Port of Auckland, our estimate for shipping a vehicle starts at a cost of $1,550 USD, with an estimated turnaround time of 21 days.

However, the cost to ship a car to New Zealand can vary according to factors such as the model and make of your vehicle, your current location, the nearest departure port in the USA, your shipping method of choice, availability of your chosen services and your final destination. Additionally, you’ll need to consider costs such as storage, cleaning, other vendor fees, and New Zealand taxes & duties.

Taxes & Duties for Car Shipping from USA to New Zealand

Duties are levied by New Zealand Customs when your vehicle is imported. Immigrants arriving for the first time in New Zealand may be able to import a vehicle without paying GST if they satisfy the New Zealand Customs Service that they’re taking up permanent residence, have owned and used the vehicle for at least one year and agree that they will continue to use the vehicle for at least two years. Otherwise, a Goods & Service Tax (GST) at 15% of the vehicle’s purchase price plus all the freight charges.

You may not have to pay duties and GST on vehicles/craft if you have documents to prove you’re allowed to live in New Zealand – these are:

  • New Zealand Passport
  • Current NZ Residence Visa or Permit
  • Current permanent residence visa (including resident return visa) issued by the NZ Government
  • Current work visa valid for a year or more
  • Current work visa or permit issued under the Work to Residence (Skilled Migrant Category) policy or the Long-Term Business Visa/Permit category
  • Current visitors’ visa or permit valid for three years or more
  • Have been living outside for NZ for more than 21 months and a returning NZ Citizen
  • Owned and used all the goods before importing them here with you

Please Note: This concession doesn’t apply if you’re importing the vehicle as a gift, to exchange or sell or for commercial use.

To obtain an estimate of the cost to ship a car to New Zealand, fill out our free quick quote form.

US to New Zealand Vehicle Shipping Options

Car Shipping from USA to New Zealand can be performed using a shared container, a sole container or a roll-on/roll-off service.

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Roll-On/Roll-Off – This option tends to be one of the more cost-effective ones, as the only added charges asides from shipping costs are port charges and customs clearance charges. Your vehicle will be loaded into the holding area of a large vessel, one which resembles a big parking garage. This method is suitable for shipping and handling bulkier vehicles like work trucks.

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Shared Container Service – Several vehicles are shipped using one single container. This is our most used service. The container must be processed, so more fees are involved than with the roll-on/roll-off method, however they are shared between several clients. Fees include: customs clearance, trucking charge, terminal handling charge and unloading charges.

CFR Rinkens operates a weekly Shared Container service.

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Full Container Load – This method is the same as the shared container load, except that one single vehicle occupies the entire container and the fees, which are like those for shared containers, are borne by you alone.

Container loading offers the benefit of added security. When the vehicle is received, photographs are taken of the car itself as well as the loading process, after which the container door is locked, and the car is kept safe. The vehicle is only released when the container arrives at the destination, and an agent once again takes photographs of the unloading process. The vehicle is kept secure, so clients may transport other items inside the vehicle, although they are advised to pack with care as we are not liable for any loss or damage sustained.

We choose not to use wood ramps like other companies but instead employ a steel loading system, which is more effective in preventing loss and damage.

Additional Services

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Sourcing Vehicles – Thanks to nearly thirty years in the car industry, we’ve developed an extensive network of car buyers, allowing us to find and buy vehicles for purchasers located overseas, for a commission or additional fee to be paid to the car buyer.

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Other Services – Some of the auto transport services we offer in overseas territories include domestic pickup, vehicle import assistance, tracking of your shipment, customs clearance in the USA and a full vehicle inspection report.

Ports Served in the US and New Zealand

Departure Ports – United States

The location your vehicle will depart from depends on the method of car shipping to New Zealand, where your vehicle is located, your budget and which services the nearest port offers. We have multiple departure locations in the USA, including Los Angeles, New York, Houston, Miami, Savannah and more.

Destination Ports – New Zealand

Here are the New Zealand entry ports that we can ship your vehicle to.

  • Auckland
  • Lyttelton
  • Napier
  • Otago
  • Tauranga
  • Wellington

Cleaning Your Vehicle’s Undercarriage

Before shipping your vehicle to New Zealand, the undercarriage must be cleaned and free of foreign soil to prevent the introduction of invasive plants, animals, fungi and microorganisms. This can be accomplished through steam cleaning or other thorough cleaning methods.

CFR Rinkens can assist with finding an appropriate cleaner to help ensure you comply with this requirement. We do not recommend washing the interior of the vehicle as it can cause mold during transport. Vacuuming the interior is usually more than sufficient.

Plating Your Vehicle in New Zealand

Before a vehicle can be registered for use on New Zealand roads, your vehicle must successfully complete Customs and  MPI entry certification before you can apply to register it – a process that provides you with a certificate of registration and number plates. The costs for registration and licensing vary according to vehicle type, engine size, the period of the license (i.e. six or 12 months) and what the vehicle will be used for.

For information on vehicle inspection requirements, vehicle registration and driver license requirements, contact the New Zealand Transport Agency.

To obtain an estimate of the cost for car shipping from USA to New Zealand and other services, fill out our free quick quote form.

Shipping a Car from New Zealand to the USA

Are you ready to get started shipping a car
from New Zealand to the USA?

Request a free online quote – Quotes are available online with a guaranteed response within 24 hours for car shipping and moving services the United States.

Please do not hesitate to call or email us anytime with any questions. Contact our shipping experts for more information. We are always just a phone call away!

Los Angeles | International
+1 (310) 639-7725

Miami | International
+1 (786) 708-0215

Domestic Coast-to-Coast
+1 (786) 708-0200

Want more information on car shipping services to the USA from New Zealand?

Read on below for our New Zealand to US Vehicle Shipping Checklist, Determining Vehicle Eligibility for Shipping to the USA, New Zealand to US Car Shipping Costs & Time Frame, New Zealand to US Vehicle Shipping Options, Ports Served in the US & New Zealand, and other information for car shipping to the USA from New Zealand.

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New Zealand to US Vehicle Shipping Checklist

Here’s a rough breakdown of the process you’ll need to go through to ship your vehicle to the United States.
  • Determine your vehicle’s eligibility for shipping to the US, or determine the need to modify the vehicle to meet US standards (if your nonconforming vehicle is eligible for modification and import)

  • File form HS-7 and form 3520-1 or contract with a DOT-registered importer to modify the vehicle and certify that it conforms to all Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) and Emissions Standards

  • Understand the costs of shipping a vehicle, including:

    • Freight and insurance charges when shipping your vehicle

    • Wharf, transport, storage and delivery charges after your vehicle arrives

    • Duties, taxes and fees, including the gas-guzzler tax

    • Cleaning the undercarriage of foreign soil

    • Registration and insurance requirements in the relevant US state or territory

    • Other charges such as import processing, customs brokers’, and logistics service provider charges

  • Select an international car shipping company and preferred shipping method to transport your vehicle from New Zealand to the United States
  • Determine your vehicle’s departure and destination ports

  • Confirm the vehicle’s undercarriage is clean and free of foreign soil

  • If you wish to register your vehicle for road use in the United States, your vehicle should bear the International Registration Marker or, if you are a US resident, you will need to register your vehicle with the DMV in your state of residence

More information on the process of shipping a vehicle to the United States can be found here.

Determining the Eligibility of Your Vehicle for Shipping to the United States

As you engage in the vehicle shipping process, some of the most important questions to consider include:

  • Whether you are a US citizen, military or civilian employee of the US government, or a nonresident,
  • Whether you plan to permanently keep the car in the US or if it’s just a temporary move,
  • Whether the car was manufactured to comply with all applicable FMVSS, and, if not, whether it is a nonconforming motor vehicle eligible for shipment,
  • Whether your vehicle was manufactured after September 1, 1978, and
  • Whether your vehicle is a model year 1987 or later.
  • Whether your vehicle can be registered in your State.

These questions and more will determine the costs to ship the vehicle to the US, whether your car is eligible for shipping to the United States, and finally, whether you will need to go through additional steps to make your vehicle eligible for shipping. In some cases, such as temporary import for racing or other purposes, the usual standards may not apply. CFR Rinkens can help you through the process of determining what will be required to import your vehicle.

Conforming vs. Nonconforming Vehicles

Generally, if a vehicle already meets the requirements for shipping to the United States, it is because that model was originally designed for export and sale in the United States, or was manufactured in the United States for domestic sale. As such, nonconforming vehicles are required to be modified to meet all applicable FMVSS and EPA emissions standards.

Things to Consider

  • Vehicles more than 21 years old with their original engines may qualify for an EPA exemption.

  • Vehicles more than 25 years old may qualify for DOT.

  • All other vehicles must made for the U.S. market and EPA/DOT compliant.

  • The undercarriage of your car will need to be clean and free of foreign soil. Therefore, you will need to have the exterior of your vehicle steam-sprayed or otherwise thoroughly cleaned before shipment to the United States.

If your vehicle conforms to these standards, it will bear a manufacturer’s label on the engine compartment attesting to its compliance to emissions standards in English, as well as a certification label near the driver’s side door confirming that it complies to safety, bumper and theft prevention standards. You will need to complete EPA form 3520-1 and DOT form HS-7 attesting to your vehicle’s compliance. Additionally, you will need the shipper’s or carrier’s original bill of lading, bill of sale, foreign registration, and other documents covering the vehicle, to be provided to your Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) inspector.

If your vehicle is nonconforming, it may still be eligible for import with modifications by a DOT-registered importer, who modifies the vehicle and certifies that it conforms to all applicable FMVSS and emissions standards. Additionally, the importer must post a bond equivalent to one and a half times the dutiable value of the vehicle (in addition to the normal CBP entry bond). A copy of the bond must be provided with the HS-7 form. The same is applicable for EPA, the list is here: EPA Independent Commercial Importers.

A nonconforming car may be shipped from New Zealand to the United States under certain conditions, such as re-importing a previously exported vehicle, shipping a vehicle for personal use not exceeding one year, shipping a vehicle as a member of foreign armed forces, diplomatic personnel, or other exceptions authorized by the US State Department, bringing a vehicle into the country for testing, demonstration, or competition, or other special circumstances. CFR Rinkens can help you identify if your vehicle falls into one of these categories for Car Shipping from New Zealand to USA.

New Zealand to US Car Shipping Costs & Time Frame

Using a baseline of a compact car being shipped using the shared container method from the Port of Auckland to the Port of Los Angeles, our estimate for Car Shipping from New Zealand to USA starts at a cost of $2,100 USD, with an estimated turnaround time of 30 days.

NOTE: There will be additional charges that include port and customs clearance. These are specific to the type of Vehicle. Please contact a CFR Rinkens representative who can quote you these charges.

However, the cost to ship a car to United States can vary according to factors such as the model and make of your vehicle, your current location, the nearest departure port in New Zealand, your shipping method of choice, availability of your chosen services and your final destination. Additionally, you’ll need to consider costs such as storage, cleaning, other vendor fees, and American taxes & duties.

Duties are levied by Customs and Border Patrol before your vehicle is delivered; if you are staying in United States and the vehicle is imported concurrently with your arrival in the country, you are permitted to import a car for up to 12 months without having to pay duties.

Taxes & Duties for Shipping Cars to the United States

Generally, foreign-made vehicles imported for personal use or sale are dutiable at the following rates:

  • Auto: 2.5%
  • Trucks: 25%
  • Motorcycles: free or 2.4%

Duty rates are based on price paid or payable, and most Canadian-manufactured vehicles are duty-free. If you are a resident of the United States returning to the country from travel, work, or study abroad, you may apply your $800 CBP exemption, and those of accompanying family members, towards the value of the vehicle under the following circumstances:

  • The vehicle accompanies you on your return
  • You’ve imported the vehicle for personal use

To obtain an estimate of the cost to ship a car to the United States, fill out our free quick quote form. We guarantee a response within 24 hours.

New Zealand to US Vehicle Shipping Options

Car Shipping from New Zealand to USA can be performed using a shared container, a sole container or a roll-on/roll-off service.

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Roll-On/Roll-Off – This option tends to be one of the more affordable ones as you only must pay port charges and customs clearance charges in addition to the shipping charge. Your vehicle will be loaded into the holding area of a large vessel, one which resembles a big parking garage. This method is suitable for shipping and handling bulkier vehicles like work trucks.

Transits tend to be faster than with the shared container service as the vessels depart on a weekly basis.

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Shared Container Service – Several vehicles are shipped using one single container. The container must be processed, so more fees are involved than with the roll-on/roll-off method, however they are shared between several clients. Fees include customs clearance, trucking charge, terminal handling charge and a charge for unloading the vehicles at a warehouse.

You may be required to wait for a longer period before your car can be shipped as the container can only depart with a full load thanks to other clients.

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Full Container Load – This method is the same as the shared container load, except that one or more of your vehicle(s) occupies the entire container and the fees, which are similar to those for shared containers, are borne by you alone.

Container loading offers the benefit of added security.  When the vehicle is received, photographs and a condition report are taken of the car itself as well as the loading process.  Once the container arrives at the destination, our warehouse will take photos of the unloading process and of the vehicle itself.  The vehicle is kept secure throughout the process, so clients may transport other items inside the vehicle, although they are advised to pack with care as we are not liable for any loss or damages sustained.

We choose not to use wood ramps like other companies but instead employ a steel loading system, which is more effective in preventing loss and damage.

Transits tend to be faster than with the roll-on/roll-off service as the containers depart on a weekly basis.

Additional Services

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Sourcing Vehicles – Our long list of car buyers developed in our nearly thirty years in the auto shipping industry enables us to find and buy vehicles for purchasers located overseas for a commission or additional fee to be paid to the car buyer.

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Other Services – Some of the auto transport services we offer in overseas territories include domestic pickup, vehicle import assistance, tracking of your shipment, customs clearance in the USA and a full vehicle inspection report.

Ports Served in the US and New Zealand

Departure Ports – New Zealand

The location your vehicle will depart from depends on the method of car shipping to the United States, where your vehicle is located, your budget and which services the nearest port offers. Here are the New Zealand ports we can ship your vehicle from:

  • Auckland

  • Lyttelton

  • Napier

  • Otago

  • Tauranga

  • Wellington

Destination Ports – United States

We are able to import into any port in the USA, with CFR facilities in Los Angeles, New York, Houston, Miami, Oakland, and Charleston.

Cleaning Your Vehicle’s Undercarriage

Before shipping your vehicle to the United States, the undercarriage must be cleaned and free of foreign soil to prevent the introduction of invasive plants, animals, fungi and microorganisms. This can be accomplished through steam cleaning or other thorough cleaning methods.

CFR Rinkens can assist with finding an appropriate cleaner to help ensure you comply with this requirement.

We do not recommend washing the interior of the vehicle as it can cause mold during transport. Vacuuming the interior is usually more than sufficient.

Driving Your Vehicle in the United States

Before driving your vehicle in the United States, ensure that both you and your vehicle comply with US licensing and registration laws.

Requirements differ based on your citizenship status and the length of your stay in the United States.

Your imported vehicle should bear the International Registration Marker, and you may wish to consider acquiring an International Driving Permit (IDP) if you are a foreign national.

    • If you are a US resident, you should contact the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in your state or territory of residence, inquire about temporary license plates, and determine what documents and certifications the DMV requires from CBP to register the vehicle.
    • If you are a national of a Central or South American country that has ratified the Inter-American Convention of 1943, you may drive your vehicle in the US for touring purposes for one year or for the period of the validity of the documents, whichever is shorter, without US license plates or US driver’s permits, provided the car carries the International Registration Marker and registration card, and the driver has the International Driving Permit.
    • If you are a motorist visiting the United States as a tourist from a country that has ratified the Convention on International Road Traffic of 1949, you may drive in the US for one year with your own national license plates (registration tags) on your vehicle and with your own personal drivers’ license.
    • If you are a motorist from Canada or Mexico, you are permitted to tour in the US without US license plates or US driver’s permits, under agreements between the United States and these countries.
    • If you are a motorist from a country not a party to any of the above agreement, you must secure a driving permit in the US after taking an examination.
    • If you are a foreign national employed in the US, you may use your foreign license tags from the port of entry to your destination in the US.

    Other New Zealand/US Shipping Options

    This information was updated in September 2018. All information, time frames, pricing, and regulations are subject to change. Please contact a sales representative for the most current rates and information.

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