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Shipping a Car to New Zealand


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Import Car to NZ - it's a no brainer!

Importing cars to New Zealand for returning residence, or new immigrants, is a "no brainer" due to the GST and compliance exemptions available. When you consider the loss on selling your car and buying a new one on arrival, car shipping to New Zealand is the obvious choice.

At Taurus Logistics we take care of everything, from door to door if needed. We sort out all the red tape with NZ Customs , and MPI for you. Just call us and see how we can help.

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15-30 second response for 80% of quotes assessed using our automated system. For more complex jobs, one of our team will email you a quote within 24hours.

Is it worth shipping my car to New Zealand?

From our experience if you have sentimental attachment or your car is worth over $5000, it's worth looking into.

It pays to ensure your car meets the NZ compliance standards; if not, then it's not worth importing your car to New Zealand, unless its for off road use.

Information on car shipping to New Zealand

Check that your car meets frontal impact and safety compliance standards for New Zealand. Although most modern vehicles and motorhomes will comply with the New Zealand standards, there are new rules being introduced all the time.

However there are exceptions for returning residence, and new immigrants which allows you to import your car to New Zealand as long as you have owned and used the car for more than 12 months, and meet some other criteria.

Before embarking on a car import to New Zealand it is up to you to check your cars compliance. You can view a list of approved vehicles at the New Zealand Transport Agency, older ‘classic cars’ are exempt.

For entry the chassis will either require an approval chassis/vin plate or you'll require a manufacturers letter.

There are no restrictions on car importing, anyone can import a vehicle for off-road use or in a car collection. If you want to use your vehicle on-road it is your responsibility to ensure you meet all requirements.


All used vehicles are inspected by MPI on arrival, and only after this inspection is the cleanliness condition known. Allow NZ$100-200 as an estimated to cover potential cleaning, and or vacuuming.

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Paying GST on Imported Cars

GST is payable at 15% on the landed value. This is calculated by; the cost of the vehicle, plus Insurance & Freight, otherwise known as the CIF price. However you may be exempt from GST(see next article), or we can depreciate your car if you have owned and used it overseas. Depreciation rates vary depending on how long you have owned and used it for. For more detail read How is my car valued for Customs.

Criteria for GST Exemption on imported cars

Depending on your immigration status you may be eligible for GST exemption on importing your car. We apply to New Zealand Customs on your behalf, and Customs review on a case by case basis. In general if you meet all below criteria you will be successful in exemption.

  • Be a first time immigrant or a returning New Zealand citizen.
  • If a returning citizen, you must have been out of New Zealand for over 21 months.
  • Be prepared to sign a deed where you agree not to sell the vehicle for at least 2 years.
  • Vehicle must have been owned and used for last 12 months.
    • …and you must provide the following documents:
    • Proof of ownership over the last 12 months
    • Purchase receipt for the vehicle or a current NZ valuation from a local dealer
You must be in New Zealand at the time of importation to be eligible for GST exemption

For more detailed information on vehicle importing, please also read the NZ Customs fact sheet 29, and also fact sheet 28 regarding GST and Duty.

What our customers say

  • Alex WebsterWe were really worried about our much loved Shelby GT350 being damaged in loading and shipping. However, your company was fantastic.

    Alex Webster
  • Cary CavellRichard car has arrived and is everything I expected. The only trouble is getting my old bones in the car!

    Cary Cavell Brisbane, Australia
  • Alan SuttonNot only did Taurus offer me a very competitive car shipping quotation but the team could not have been more helpful

    Alan Sutton Queenstown
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