Pre-Shipment Checklist - Importing Boats to New Zealand

Before committing to purchasing or shipping your boat, please ensure you have considered all the below points. If you can’t provide one of these documents, then please contact us to discuss before committing to purchase your boat. As some of these are pre-requests to importing, and without them you can’t import your boat.


Import Compliance - (Boats with Trailers ONLY)

Once arrived you will need to register your trailer and obtain a Warrant of Fitness.

Taurus Logistics does NOT handle the on-road compliance, registration process or requirements. We take NO responsibility for boat trailers that do not comply with New Zealand standards. As the owner of the boat it is your duty to ensure your trailer is compliant.

Have you considered GST & Duty?

Import GST and Duties are payable in addition to any quotation we provide, GST is 15% and Duty is based on the country of manufacture. As a guide, for countries which we have no free-trade agreement it is generally 5%. Taxes are payable on the landed value, which is the purchase price of boat(plus duty if applicable), plus freight, plus insurance x GST. Otherwise known as the CIF (Cost+Insurance+Freight) price.

You may be GST/Duty exempt if your yacht is a trailer craft and part of your emigration to New Zealand, give us a call for more details.


Quarantine Requirements

It's very important that the boat is spotless both inside and out. All dirt etc on the trailer needs to be water blasted off, and the hull should be clean and free of any organic matter, such as barnacles etc. The inside should be washed and vacuumed so there is no dirt or leaves etc inside the boat. This includes engine bays and hatches.

 All used boats are inspected by MPI on arrival, and only after this inspection is the cleanliness condition known. Due to this we can’t quote the cleaning costs. Further inspection and cleaning may be required as instructed by MPI and are not included in this quotation.


Boat Preparation

Outside your Boat

  • Consider removing anything that will reduce the overall volume of your yacht like swim platforms, radar arches, flybridges, keels and bowsprits. The smaller you can make your boat the lower the shipping price will normally be.
  • Hatches should be tightly secured and sealed with tape to prevent damage from wind/sea driven water and prevent the hatch from coming open while in transit.

Inside your Boat

  • Make sure all items have been battened down securely including hatches, the open sea can have some tremendous forces that do considerable damage if something comes loose.
  • NO personal items to be left on board the boat.
  • Check all drain plugs, there should be no water in the bilge as this becomes a quarantine issue on arrival.
  • The batteries should be disconnected, and the cables tied off to prevent contact.
  • Drain the fuel and water tanks as much as possible, ensuring the tank is no more than 1/4 full. If your boat is being shipped during winter months then water should be drained from water systems, pumps and air conditioners.

Have you taken out Marine Insurance?

Not compulsory, but worth asking us for a quote. Your road insurance will not cover any damage that may occur while in transit. Find out why you need Marine Insurance

 Marine insurance is NOT included unless itemised on the quotation. For a Marine Insurance quotation, please contact one of our sales representatives.


Documentation Required

  • Bill of Sale
    • If purchasing your boat, we will need a copy of the Bill of Sale from the seller. If you already own the boat, then we need a copy of the original purchase Bill of Sale.
    • If this has been misplaced, then it will need to have a valuation done on arrival.
  • Photo ID
    • A high-quality colour scan copy of the photo page from your passport, or your Australian Drivers Licence.
  • Boat title / Ownership papers
    • Depending on the country of purchase, and in some cases the state, the boat will have a title or ownership paper. Do not have these sent to you or altered until our agent instructs the seller. In many cases the original documents are needed in order to export the country of origin.

Boats with Wooden Cradles

If your boat is not on its own trailer, then it will require a cradle to be carried on any vessel. We can construct a custom cradle for your boat from either steel or timber, depending on your hull design. If your yacht comes with its own cradle, or you are commissioning a bespoke cradle elsewhere, it needs to be either steel, or ISPM15 compliant timber, or fumigation fees and cradle destruction will apply on arrival into New Zealand.

 If we are manufacturing a cradle for you and fitting it to your boat, the final dimensions will be subject to verification once the boat is load/lashed to the cradle. This quotation is based on your dimensions supplied only.


If you have ticked off all of the above, then your boat is ready to ship to New Zealand. Congratulations and enjoy happy boating!

Taurus Logistics Ltd
809 Colombo St, Christchurch Central
Christchurch 8013, New Zealand
+64 3 358 5154
[email protected]

Secure Payment

All online payments are secure via eWay Payment Gateway.

Terms & Conditions Privacy Policy

Copyright © 2020 Taurus Logistics Ltd. All rights reserved.