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Moving your Household Goods

The majority of your personal belongings can be moved into or out of New Zealand without significant problems or delay. There are however specific regulations unique to New Zealand that must be adhered to when entering goods into the country.

All entering goods will be subject to New Zealand Customs and NZ MAF (Ministry of Agricultural and Forestry) clearance. If you are sending items that are of interest to NZ Customs and NZ MAF then this may effects the time taken to process your move. Some of the more common items are listed as per below.

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  • Outdoor Furniture Must Be Clean And Free Of Soil Residue, Grass & Any Insects.
  • Lawn Mowers Must Be Clean And Free Of Soil & Grass Clippings.
  • Vacuum Cleaner Bags Must Be Removed And Any Dust Must Be Cleaned Prior To Shipping.
  • All Shoes Must Be Fully Cleaned (Especially In The Grooves On The Bottom Of The Shoes) & Must Be Free Of Sand, Soil Residue & Grass.
  • Golf Clubs, Bicycles, Garden Tools & Any Outdoor Equipment Must Be Clean And Free Of Soil, Sand & Grass Residue.
  • Natural Plant Materials Are Not Allowed In To The Country.
  • Dairy & Meat Products Are Strictly Not Permitted To Be Imported Into New Zealand.
  • Bottled & Sealed Food Items With Brand Labels May Be Allowed, But The Final Decision Will Be At The Discretion Of The Inspecting MAF Officer.

** PLEASE NOTE - MAF Restrictions Are Not Limited To The Above Items. If In Doubt Please Check With NZ MAF For Further Information At www.maf.govt.nz

Documents Required for Moving Household Goods

There are a number of documents required for shipping and authority purposes to ensure household goods are moved without delays or additional costs. All blank documents can be found on our website under shipping documents and most need to be completed by the actual person relocating. (Not an authorised representative)

Export (Exiting New Zealand)

  • Shippers Letter of Instruction & acceptance of Destination Freight Terms and Conditions
  • Detailed Packing List
  • Copy of Passport Photo Page

Import (Entering New Zealand)

  • New Zealand Customs / MAF Unaccompanied Personal Baggage Declaration
  • Detailed Packing List
  • Photocopy / Scanned Copy of Passport (Photo Page)
  • VISA Details (if applicable)
  • Shipping Documents as Supplied from Place of Origin
Motor Vehicles

Motor Vehicles can also be entered into New Zealand as personal effects when relocating to New Zealand.

Motor Vehicles are subject to regulations unique to New Zealand that must be adhered to when entering goods into the country and all entering motor vehicles will be subject to NZ Customs and MAF clearance including paying New Zealand Customs Import GST.

In addition to obtaining New Zealand Customs and MAF Clearance, Motor Vehicles must meet stringent requirements as set by the New Zealand Transport Agency.

It is strongly recommend that all person/s looking to import a personal motor vehicle into New Zealand contact the New Zealand Transport Agency to confirm whether their specific vehicle will meet the strict requirements before shipping the vehicle.

More information can be found at here. Please contact our office for a complete and detail quotation.