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It’s often confusing deciding on what to pack up and take with you to New Zealand and what to leave behind. Most people decide to bring their sentimental and valuable goods and leave behind the items which are easily replaceable in New Zealand.

Customs and the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) work together very hard to protect New Zealand from overseas pests and contamination. New Zealand has only one indigenous poisonous spider, the Katipo which is rarely seen, no snakes, scorpions or other nasties and would like to keep it that way. As such MAF and Customs are very strict about inspecting overseas containers, fumigating when needed and ensuring there are no inadvertent stowaways hidden.

Your shipping agent will help with all the paperwork which includes amongst numerous other forms a detailed inventory of the goods shipped. To help you unpack at the other end it’s wise to number your boxes and make a list of the items inside.

MAF will closely inspect wooden items, gardening equipment, lawn mowers, medicines, pet and animal medicines, cane and bamboo furniture, vacuum cleaners, items containing skin, feathers or bone. All of these items are allowed into the country (unless they are from an endangered species) but must be properly treated or fumigated. Foodstuffs are generally prohibited.

All of your outdoor activity items require proper cleaning before packing. Bicycles, golf clubs, tents, camping equipment, sporting equipment including your fishing and diving gear, and especially shoes should all be free of soil and organic residue. If you have hunting guns and ammunition a police permit must be obtained before shipping.

For further guidelines about what you can and what you can’t bring to New Zealand look at or contact an immigration consultant and they can provide you with more specific advice.

Vehicles are very affordable in New Zealand and it often does not pay to import your own unless it is very valuable to you or a collector’s item. New Zealand road safety standards will have to be met and a certificate from the vehicle manufacturer proving compliance must be available. The New Zealand Transport Authority provides in depth information about importing vehicles on its website To check out current vehicle selling prices look up where most car sale dealerships and private sellers advertise.

Your container may only be shipped and cleared into New Zealand with proof of a visa allowing you to be in the country. Duties may be waived depending upon your immigration status at the time your container arrives in New Zealand. As these can be substantial it pays to check before you organize your container shipping date.

Most people like to bring something of their own, especially their furniture, with them to make them feel at home; even if the item is not financially valuable the memories it holds can be priceless. White ware (fridge, washing machine, dryer, etc) are relatively inexpensive to purchase in New Zealand especially in the major retailer sales which are held often and as not every countries power output is the same it may make sense to sell yours before leaving.

Category Immigration Consultants | Posted on Thursday, July 29th, 2010


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