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Shipping Heavy Machinery to New Zealand


Shipping Heavy Machinery to New Zealand

When looking to source heavy machinery from overseas, and ship into New Zealand, there are a few very important factors to ensure you minimise costs on arrival, and avoid delays and expensive storage at port. Ourselves and our overseas partners are experienced experts in shipping heavy machinery, and can help you avoid costly pitfalls.


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Washing for MPI compliance.

By far the most important element when shipping any machinery to New Zealand (especially if it used) is it cleanliness. Shipping of used machinery, whether its Agricultural, Mining, or Construction, must be thoroughly water blasted and all soil and organic matter removed.

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In many cases this will mean the removal of belly plates from the likes of bulldozers, harvester shoots, and any area which is not accessible to clean. Any dirt, rocks, or grain etc trapped in these areas will mean the machine will need disassembling. In most locations we can do this as part of our wash, and our teams are experienced in where this kind of contamination gets trapped.

However prevention is better than cure, and if possible you should try to get the seller to do this as part of the preparation for sale. If your buying machinery at auction, this is likely not possible so we can take care of the cleaning for you.

How to keep the shipping costs down.

New Zealand being a long way from the world, makes shipping proportionately higher than most other countries. So you need someone like Taurus Logistics with every trick available to make shipping your piece of machinery as cheap as possible. This can be as simple as removing a bucket or blade from your dozer, and shipping as two pieces. Or even removal of the EROPS and shipping the main unit RORO and the EROPS and C-frame on a flat rack. We will look at these shipping options for you and offer the best solution.

Transhipping to other ports in New Zealand.

In most cases if you are shipping machinery to any port in New Zealand other than Auckland, and sometimes Tauranga, it will be discharged in above ports first, and can’t proceed to its final destination until MPI and Customs Cleared. It is therefore critical to consider above regarding MPI, as any hold up in Auckland will mean it will miss the connecting vessel, and storage at port is calculated daily and can be hundreds of dollars a day.

What our customers say

  • David ClarkAll of this equipment arrived in Lyttelton on Time, on Budget and with not so much as a single scratch on them.

    David Clark Valetta Farm, Ashburton
  • Terry AndrewsWhen your spending this kind of money on equipment, you want a company like Taurus who know what they are doing.

    Terry Andrews
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