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.
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 the boat(plus duty if applicable), plus freight, plus insurance x GST. Otherwise known as the CIF (Cost+Insurance+Freight) price.
Personal Effects - GST / Duty Exemption
In some cases you may be exempt from paying GST / Duty, you will need to meet all the following conditions:
A small ship is defined as :Concessionary entry is restricted to persons who on the date of importation of the ship hold a document authorising residence in New Zealand and are arriving to live in New Zealand for the first time, provided that the importer can prove ownership/use of at least 12 months. These craft are also subject to a two-year moratorium on sale or disposal and a written undertaking will also be required to ensure that any such boat will not be used in a commercial capacity for hire, or for the transport of cargo or the carriage of passengers for reward, within two years of the date of importation.
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.
Outside your Boat
Inside your Boat
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 Quote
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 you have ticked off all of the above, then your boat is ready to ship to New Zealand. Congratulations and enjoy happy boating!