How Do You Import Vehicles to New Zealand?

Mechanic fixing a car's brakesWhether you can’t let go of your old vehicle or you find cars from other countries cheaper, you need to know some of the basic rules and information about importation in New Zealand.

Customs Duties

No imported vehicle can travel the road without going through customs, and this department will levy fees based on many factors. One of these is whether the activity (importation) is private or not. The charges also largely depend on the valuation methods used, which can be alternative or normal. You also need to pay a fixed price of NZ$29.26 (GST inclusive) for the declaration of goods or entry clearance.


Even if customs has cleared your imported vehicle, you still cannot drive it in New Zealand unless it goes through the Transport Agency. It’s necessary that the vehicle is in good condition and safe to drive and be on the road.

The agency imposes standards for various types of vehicles, so you might want to look at these criteria first before importing. You should also show proof of compliance, which may come from the manufacturer or the agent who sold the vehicle to you.

An entry certifier will also check the condition of the vehicle, and they will be responsible for recommending repair. They may also issue a certificate that proves your vehicle is sound even if it has already undergone repair.

If the entry certifier says you need to repair it, Dr Diesel says that you should be able to restore it to its safest condition. Fortunately, in New Zealand, you can rely on the expertise of fleet servicing shops that offer extensive repair services. Choosing the right business will get your vehicle fixed and ready for inspection and certification as soon as possible.

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Importing a vehicle to New Zealand may not be that easy, but it’s a small price to pay for your safety as well as commuters and your passengers.