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Import a Boat to New Zealand

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Boat Shipping –Why it’s so popular! 

Boat shipping is very cost effective and well worth looking into if you are considering purchasing a non New Zealand made boat. New Zealand manufactures some great boats and yachts, but often the big name brands like Searay, Azimut, Beneteau and Bayliner are just too expensive in the local market. The answer is to import a boat into New Zealand from overseas, which is where Taurus Logistics can help. New Zealand boat shipping experts.

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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 importing a boat to New Zealand?

In our experience the answer is yes, we’re frequently told how much money our customers saved by buying their boat overseas and importing it into New Zealand.

The market in places like USA, Australia, and Europe are just huge compared with the boat market in New Zealand. It’s quite common for people to upgrade their boats every second season, so the number of boats for sale in somewhere like Florida is phenomenal, and the prices reflect the glut on the market.

Our Importing boat from USA service is our most popular, especially for powerboats.

I've found the boat, what now?

Once you've found a boat you’re interested in, get the dimensions especially the height.

Anything on the boat that can be removed before shipping should be considered before you get a shipping price, if you remove the keel you can almost halve the shipping costs of most boats.

This is because when shipping boats the cost is calculated on the total cubic volume. i.e. The (length x width x height). Obviously if we are shipping boats in containers this does not apply, however the more that needs to be dismantled to fit in the container, the higher the load costs, and this can making container shipping uneconomic for the hassle involved.

My boat has a cradle

If your boat is on a cradle it should be steel or ISMP15 timber. If it’s not, the cradle will be fumigated or destroyed at additional cost. So before considering your boat transport to New Zealand, check with us, as we can help.

Is there anything else I need to know about boat transport to New Zealand?


Fail Quarantine

Ensure your boat is clean and free of any organic contamination including bilge water, this will avoid unforeseen costs on arrival due to MPI requirements.

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

What our customers say

  • Les MiddleditchWe would strongly recommend Taurus to anyone considering moving a yacht or boat from Europe or anywhere else for that matter.

    Les Middleditch Perth, Australia
  • Glenn MarshallBeing my first time, to say I was nervous would be an understatement, however I would not hesitate to recommend your services.

    Glenn Marshall Brisbane, Australia
  • Jim BatesI can recommend you as honest, straight talkers who care about what you do.

    Jim Bates Picton, New Zealand
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